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Trump, SKorea's Moon Agree to Boost Seoul's Missile Capabilities

03 September 2017

North Korea's state TV announced the country's test of the device meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was a complete success.

Chung Eui-yong, President Moon Jae-in's top security adviser, also said the country would push for the "strongest sanctions" against the defiant regime led by dictator Kim Jong-un in order to "completely" isolate it.

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said they plan to revise a 43-year-old joint treaty that caps the number and range of South's ballistic missiles, Moon's office said on Saturday. Thousands of United States soldiers are stationed in South Korea and Japan. President Moon has so far displayed commitment to upholding the principle of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. South Korea's weather agency says the apparent detonation set off a magnitude 5.7 quake, making the blast five to six times stronger than the North's fifth test in September 2016. The US, Chinese and Russian authorities put the seismic activity at a magnitude of 6.3.

That followed the test launch of two long-range ballistic missiles in July in a sharply lofted trajectory that demonstrated a potential range of 10,000 km (6,000 miles) or more that would put many parts of the US mainland within striking distance.

Trump - who has warned that the U.S. military is "locked and loaded" in the event of further North Korean provocation - reacted angrily to the latest missile test. A typical THAAD battery consists of six launchers and a radar.

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At the White House a spokeswoman said, "Discussions are ongoing, but we have no announcements at this time".

The admiral commended the professionalism of South Korean air force personnel involved in an August 30 training mission that included live-fire weapons drops on the Pilsung Range by South Korean F-15K's, U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, and U.S. Marine Corps F-35B fifth-generation fighters, Gesecki said.

A government source in Seoul said on Sunday that the allies are discussing the dispatch of F-22 and F-35B fighter jets on a rotational basis as part of efforts to bolster its extended deterrence against the North's threats.

In a phone call, Trump gave "conceptual approval" to a multi-billion dollar equipment sale to Seoul, the White House said in a statement, The Hill reported.

Trump, SKorea's Moon Agree to Boost Seoul's Missile Capabilities