July 23, 2018

Ex-Obama adviser: Trump claims about nuclear arsenal 'alarming'

11 August 2017, 10:13 | Regina Holmes

Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

Nauert said that the president spoke with his Secretary of State after Trump's "fire and fury" statements, but was unclear about whether the two men spoke before Trump made those comments.

She also said the United States doesn't have a problem with the North Korean people, "it is the regime itself".

Tillerson also said Americans "should sleep well at night" when asked by reporters if people should be anxious about the looming nuclear threat from North Korea - striking a starkly different tone from Trump's earlier comments.

There has been no significant change in nuclear modernization plans under Mr. Trump, said Todd Harrison, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Trump on Tuesday raised the specter of nuclear war against North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S.

CODEPINK founder Medea Benjamin detailed one potential diplomatic option-which would include freezing joint U.S.

As worldwide alarm escalated, Trump dug in on his threats of military action and posted video of his ultimatum to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The U.S. document reportedly assessed that the North had mastered the ability to fit a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles.

Mr Trump went on to claim his first priority after being sworn into office had been "renovate and modernise" the country's array of nuclear weapons.

In a series of early-morning tweets, Mr Trump appeared to underline his inflammatory words from the previous day by reposting footage of him warning that Pyongyang would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it made more threats to the US.

"I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days", he told reporters on a flight to Guam, where he was to refuel, according to a transcript released by his department. The review, which works to shape US nuclear policy, comes as the Department of Defense is preparing to revitalize America's nuclear arsenal.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho stood before the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting and said the following: "We will, under no circumstances, put the nukes and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table".

President Donald Trump is stressing the United States' nuclear capabilities, saying "there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said "reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe".

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