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US approves missile sales to South Korea, Japan

AFP  |  Washington 

The said Friday it had approved more than USD 600 million in sales of air defense missiles to South and as tensions return with North

The State Department said it had approved 94 SM-2 missiles used by ships against air threats, along with 12 for a total cost of USD 313.9 million.

It separately gave the green light to sell 160 anti-air AMRAAM missiles and to for USD 317 million.

The sales "will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States" by assisting key allies and "will not alter the basic military balance in the region," a State Department statement said.

North last week tested what the said appeared to be two short-range missiles in its second launch in less than a week.

The tests come amid a standstill in negotiations between and the United States, where had boasted of ending Pyongyang's missile tests.

A second summit between Trump and North Korean leader ended in deadlock in February, with the US side refusing demands to ease sanctions until takes major steps to end its nuclear program.

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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 05:45 IST