Trump and South Korea's Moon pledge more pressure on North Korea

Trump and South Korea's Moon pledge more pressure on North Korea
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE and South Korean President Moon Jae In on Friday pledged to continue a regime of diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, and Trump gave "conceptual approval" to a multi-billion dollar military equipment sale to South Korea.

"The two leaders agreed to strengthen our alliance through defense cooperation and to strengthen South Korea’s defense capabilities," according to the White House.

The phone call came a day after the U.S. and South Korea concluded annual joint military exercises in the region by flying two B-1B supersonic bombers and a bevy of fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against Pyongyang.


"President Trump provided his conceptual approval of planned purchases by South Korea of billions of dollars in American military equipment," the White House statement added. Details were not immediately available. 

Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have boiled over in recent months amid rapid developments in North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

After news emerged last month that North Korea had developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead capable of fitting on one of its missiles, Trump warned that he would unleash "fire and fury" if the country continued to threaten the U.S. 

That threat prompted a war of words between Trump and North Korea. The country conducted its latest missile test on Monday. That missile flew over Japan, prompting the Japanese government to warn its citizens to take cover. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnBrent Budowsky: The patriotic duty of Senate Republicans US ambassador: 'I was personally surprised' North Korea did not send 'Christmas gift' Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE said after that launch that his country would seek to conduct more missile tests in the Pacific.