S Korea to buy ‘billions of dollars’ of U.S weapons: Trump

South Korea has agreed to buy U.S weapons worth “billions of dollars” to guard against threats from nuclear-armed North Korea, U.S President Donald Trump said.

After a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-In, Trump also said the U.S — the South’s key security guarantor — had agreed to remove a warhead weight limit on Seoul’s ballistic missiles.

Trump arrived in Seoul on Tuesday for a two-day visit as part of his Asia tour amid high tensions over North Korea’s weapons drive.

Trump said the South — a key Asian ally which hosts 28,500 US troops — would be buying a large amount of U.S weapons “whether it’s planes, whether it’s missiles, no matter what it is”.

“South Korea will be ordering billions of dollars of that equipment, which for them makes a lot of sense and for us it means jobs, reducing our trade deficit with South Korea,” he said.

Moon confirmed the planned purchases which he described as “essential”, saying Seoul had agreed to begin talks to buy U.S strategic assets to enhance Korea’s defence capabilities.

(Agencies)

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