A visitor walks by a TV screen showing a local news program reporting about North Korea's missile launch with an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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The United States and South Korea agreed Friday to strengthen Seoul's defenses and Washington gave a nod to billions in arms sales to the country, the White House said, days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan and threatened further launches.In Seoul, the presidential Blue House spokesman confirmed that U.S. President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in agreed to enhance the country's deterrence against North Korea by boosting its missile capabilities.Under a bilateral agreement with the United States, Seoul is currently restricted to ballistic missiles with a maximum range of 800 kilometres and payload of 500 kg.The South, which hosts 28,500 U.S. troops to defend it, is banned from building its own nuclear weapons under a 1974 atomic energy deal it signed with Washington, which instead offers a "nuclear umbrella" against potential attacks.
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