Trump OKs more military sales to South Korea, Japan after North Korea's latest nuclear test

North Korea's Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump says he has given the go-ahead for Japan and South Korea to buy a "substantially increased amount" of sophisticated military equipment from the United States.

The move comes amid tensions over North Korea's latest nuclear test. The U.S. is weighing a number of military, economic and diplomatic responses.

The White House said that in a phone call with South Korean's president on Monday, Trump gave approval "in principle" to lifting previous restrictions on South Korean missile payloads and to approving "many billions" in weapons sales to South Korea.

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In an early morning tweet Tuesday, Trump said, "I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States."

A top North Korean diplomat called the nuclear test a "gift package" for the United States, ABC News reports.
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"The recent self-defense measures by my country DPRK are gift package addressed to none other than the U.S.," North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Han Tae Song said Tuesday. "The U.S. will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK."

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