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US approved sales of air defense missiles to South Korea and Japan

The U.S. State Department has cleared $314 million in possible sales of air defense missiles to South Korea as tensions re-emerge on the Korean peninsula.
South Korea, a key Asian ally of the United States, asked to buy up to 94 SM-2 missiles used by ships against air threats, along with 12 guidance systems and technical assistance for a total cost of $313.9 million. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), a unit of the Department of Defense, delivered certification notifying Congress of the possible sale.South Korea already uses SM-2 missiles developed by Raytheon Co but is building more missile defense-capable destroyers equipped with the weapon.

North Korea's Criticism:
The proposed sale comes after North Korea recently criticized South Korea’s defense purchases from the United States, including the arrival of the first F-35 stealth aircraft. North Korea has boasted about its indigenous surface-to-air missiles.
With denuclearisation talks stalled after a second summit between North Korea and the United States broke down in Hanoi in February, North Korea went ahead with more weapons tests in May month. 
North Korea and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, rather than a peace treaty.

US's sale to Japan:
Also, the DSCA reported that separately, Japan, another key U.S. ally in the region, was also cleared to buy $317 million worth of medium-range air-to-air missiles from Washington.

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