September 4, 2017 / 7:49 PM / a year ago

Trump says to approve lifting restrictions on South Korea missile payload limits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump gave his “in principle” approval to lift restriction on South Korea’s missile payload capabilities, the White House said on Monday.

President Donald Trump departs St. John's Episcopal Church ahead of First Lady Melania Trump after they attended services for a national "Day of Prayer", for victims of the Hurricane Harvey flooding in Texas, in Washington, U.S., September 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Trump agreed to strengthen joint military capabilities during a call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and gave “conceptual approval” for South Korea to buy billions of dollars of weapons from the United States.

North Korea said it tested an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile on Sunday, prompting global condemnation and a U.S. warning of a “massive” military response if it or its allies were threatened.

Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by James Dalgleish

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