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North Korea threat: Trump approves more Seoul firepower

Missile weight limit scrapped, approval for Tokyo also tweeted

SOTARO SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

SEOUL -- Washington has given Seoul the go-ahead to deploy more destructive missiles after years of holding back, as the allies build up forces -- including a unit tasked with taking out North Korea's leadership -- in response to the growing threat posed by Pyongyang.

Presidents Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in agreed Monday to scrap the weight limit on South Korea's ballistic missile warheads -- a change Seoul has been urging for some time. Under the two countries' joint missile policy, South Korea had been barred from maintaining warheads over 500kg. The range on its missiles remains restricted to 800km.

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