U.S. military weapons eyed for Pacific allies after North Korea’s nuclear tests

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U.S. military weapons eyed for Pacific allies after North Korea’s nuclear tests
The Trump administration is poised to pull the trigger on billions of dollars in military sales to U.S. allies in the Pacific in response to the growing nuclear standoff with North Korea — including possibly offering offensive weaponry to long-pacifist Japan.Even before President Trump tweeted Tuesday about plans to allow “a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated” equipment for Japan and South Korea, the White House sent a request to the State Department for an assessment of how best to expedite the authorization of such sales as a way to combat Pyongyang’s recent missile and nuclear tests, sources say.“We have internal direction on this that came before the tweet,” said one of the sources, who told The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity that assets such as the Tomahawk cruise missiles capable of pre-emptively targeting North Korean ballistic launch sites could be authorized.The State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs orchestrates such authorizations.A State Department spokesman, who spoke on background with The Times, confirmed that officials within the bureau are scrambling to work “with our South Korean and Japanese partners to identify what would best assist their needs as directed by the president
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Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/5/us-military-weapons-eyed-for-pacific-allies-after-/


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