In the aftermath of North Korea’s latest nuclear test, President Donald Trump and the South Korean government have agreed to end a mutually-agreed restriction on the payload of South Korean missile warheads.
The White House announced Monday that the president had agreed “in principle” to end the limit, which was part of an agreement renegotiated during the Obama administration in 2012. It capped conventional warheads for South Korea’s missiles to 500 kg (or 1100 lb.)
That wasn’t the only bad news for Kim Jong Un’s regime, either: the Trump administration announced that it had given “conceptual approval” to a South Korean purchase of billions of dollars of weapons from the United States.
In fact, the Blue House (the South Korean presidential mansion) had announced such an agreement between President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae In would likely be forthcoming.
“The two leaders agreed to the principle of revising the missile guideline to a level desired by South Korea, sharing the view that it was necessary to strengthen South Korea’s defense capabilities in response to North Korea’s provocations and threats,” the Blue House said in a statement.
However, the process appears to have been sped up by the nuclear test this weekend.
On Monday, the South Korean government has also approved the deployment of four more U.S. THAAD missile defense systems in South Korea.
As for the Trump administration, their war of words on Kim Jong Un’s regime ratcheted up considerably after the test. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that Pyongyang was “begging for war,”
“Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy,” Haley said.
If Kim Jong Un was counting on the kind of restraint and “strategic patience” that prevailed under the Obama administration to continue over to the Trump administration, he was sorely mistaken.
Now, it’s clear that his North Korea is going to be even more isolated than it was previously and the weapons of the world are going to be pointed right at it.