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To counter North Korea, Trump, Moon agree to end South Korean missiles’ payload limits

LiveMint logoLiveMint 04-09-2017 AFP

Seoul: US President Donald Trump and South Korea’s leader Moon Jae-In agreed on Monday to remove limits on the payload of the South’s missiles, Seoul’s presidential office said, as the United Nations (UN) Security Council met to discuss a response to Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

The two leaders in a phone call “agreed to lift the cap on missile payload of South Korea as an effective countermeasure” against Pyongyang’s test on Sunday of what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile, the presidential office said in a statement.

Seoul was perviously restricted to a maximum warhead weight of 500kg (1,100 pounds) on its ballistic missiles, according to a bilateral agreement with the US.

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