The U.S. government has agreed to sell additional weapons, ramp up missile development and deploy nuclear weapons inÂ South Korea to protect againstÂ regional threats, Defense News reported Sunday.
Defense Secretary James Mattis andÂ Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited South Korea last week to discuss the country’s requests to boost itsÂ artillery and missile defense.
The defense leaders also talked about ways to implementÂ President Donald Trump’s agreement with South Korean PresidentÂ Moon Jae-in to send more U.S. bomber, submarine and aircraft carriers to the region in response to North Korea’s missile tests, the report said.
Song Young-Moo, South Korea’s defense minister, said the meetings focused on technical plans to expand the rotational deployment of U.S. military assets.
Song added thatÂ both parties agreed to expand the acquisition of advanced technology for the South Korean military and to removeÂ payload limits on missile warheads, which South Korea has complied with since 1979 in exchange for U.S. military assistance.