South Korea Asks to Increase Its Firepower

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The President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, has asked the U.S. to open negotiations that would allow it to build more powerful ballistic missiles in order to counter an increasingly aggressive North Korea. On Friday, Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), its second this month, that flew about 2,300 miles straight up and crashed into the sea some 620 miles away. U.S. General H.R. McMaster confirmed early Saturday that Washington had accepted Moon’s offer, and would begin negotiations shortly.

The decision is remarkable change of direction for Moon, who came to office just two months ago. Moon campaigned on a platform that favored dialogue with North Korea. He’d also opposed the U.S. missile defense system, called THAAD. But on Saturday