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U.S. and South Korea to revise missile treaty, talk arms deal

President Trump spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday to discuss the next move the United States and South Korea will make in response to North Korea's string of provocative missile tests. The presidents agreed to revise a missile treaty between Washington and Seoul, raising the cap on South Korean missile accumulation.

Additionally, "President Trump provided his conceptual approval of planned purchases by South Korea of billions of dollars in American military equipment," said a White House statement, suggesting Seoul's weapons stockpile will expand via an American arms deal. A statement from Moon's office cast the changes discussed as "necessary to strengthen South Korea's defense capabilities."