Washington, September 3: North Korea and South Korea are still technically at war after the 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce and not a treaty. Kim Jong-un regularly threatens to destroy their neighbours and their main ally, the USA. Amid escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea over nuclear tests, the Trump administration has agreed to sell weapons worth billions of dollars to South Korea.
Notably, US President Donald Trump agrees to sell weapons to South Korea after South Korean president Moon Jae-in sent a plea seeking to boost its defences. South Korea wants to boost its defence system which would be useful for them against North Korea, which is testing nuclear weapons despite sanctions from the UN.
President Trump has also agreed to review a treaty between the two countries which places a cap on the development of its ballistic missiles. The two countries agreed to the cap as part of a commitment to a voluntary international arms-control pact known as the Missile Technology Control Regime, aimed at limiting the proliferation missiles and nuclear weapons.
President Trump 'provided his conceptual approval of planned purchases by South Korea of billions of dollars in American military equipment'. He also warned that the US was "locked and loaded" when he reacted to the latest missile test, stating on Twitter that "talking is not the answer".
On the other side, North Korea defends its weapons programmes as necessary to counter perceived US aggression, such as recent air manoeuvres with South Korean and Japanese jets. Meanwhile, North Korea has also claimed of developing Missile-Ready Hydrogen Bomb. Though United Nations have put a ban on nuclear tests, North Koreas have already performed many ballistic missile tests.