S. Korea, US Presidents Agree to Lift Limit on S. Korean Missile PayloadVideo

Write : 2017-11-07 18:25:03 Update : 2017-11-07 19:26:57

The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. have agreed to "completely" lift Washington’s restrictions on the payloads of South Korean missiles in response to growing threats from North Korea.

President Moon Jae-in disclosed the agreement on Tuesday during a joint media conference with U.S. President Donald Trump following their summit meeting at the presidential office in Seoul, adding they agreed to pursue an unprecedented level of cooperation on enhancing South Korea’s self-defense capacity.

Under the allies' missile guidelines last revised in 2012, South Korea's ballistic missiles are allowed to carry warheads with a payload of up to 500 kilograms.

Moon said they also agreed to expand and strengthen rotational deployments of U.S. strategic assets to the Korean Peninsula and nearby regions, while agreeing to immediately open discussions regarding South Korea’s capacity to acquire and develop state-of-the-art military reconnaissance assets.

Moon said they also reaffirmed the alliance’s strategy to put maximum pressure and sanctions on the North until the regime voluntarily gives up its nuclear program and sincerely returns to talks on its denuclearization.

The South Korean president said he and Trump also affirmed they are ready to offer North Korea a bright future if it makes the right choice.

He said they will try to fundamentally and peacefully resolve the North Korean nuclear issue based on their joint approaches and closely cooperate with the international community, including other countries in the region.  

Moon said they also agreed to swiftly proceed with negotiations on a possible amendment to their bilateral free trade agreement so both sides can mutually benefit from fair, just and balanced trade. 

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