The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to lift limits on South Korea's missile payload capabilities following North Korea's hydrogen bomb test over the weekend, the White House announced Monday, according to The Hill.
During a call between President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, Trump "gave his in-principle approval to South Korea’s initiative to lift restrictions on their missile payload capabilities,” the White House said after the call.
“President Trump also provided his conceptual approval for the purchase of many billions of dollars’ worth of military weapons and equipment from the United States by South Korea," it added.
Trump and his South Korean counterpart also agreed to "maximize pressure on North Korea using all means at their disposal" after North Korea claimed Sunday that it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that can be placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The move by North Korea prompted international condemnation. It represented the sixth nuclear test by the reclusive government and the first since Trump took office.
Trump and the South Korean leader “pledged to strengthen joint military capabilities" in the wake of the Sunday test, the White House said.
On Sunday, Trump addressed the latest North Korean test and, when asked whether he would launch a military strike on North Korea, he replied, “We’ll see.”
On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that North Korea is "begging for war".
Speaking at an emergency session of the UN Security Council, Haley listed off the actions the UN has taken to contain North Korea's reckless and destabilizing behavior, before declaring, "Enough is enough."