State Department Approves Possible $619 Million Sale of F-16 Munitions to Taiwan
WASHINGTON, March 2 – RIA Novosti. The Pentagon’s Security Cooperation Agency said on Wednesday that the US State Department has approved a possible agreement to sell Taiwanese munitions and related equipment for the US’s fourth-generation F-16 fighter jets for a total of about $619 million.
As stated in a widespread statement by the department, the proposed sale of these weapons “will serve the national economic and security interests of the United States.” As such, Washington hopes to “support Taiwan’s efforts to modernize its armed forces and maintain reliable defense potential.”
“A possible sale agreement will help increase the security of the party receiving these weapons, and also help maintain political stability, military stability and economic progress in the region,” the agency said.
The US administration has already officially notified this decision to the US Congress. The legislature has a month to review the potential deal and decide whether to block it.
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