Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Trump says he hopes not to have to use U.S. nukes

Trump says he hopes not to have to use U.S. nukes

Gordon Humphrey has written a letter to the state's congressional delegation, calling President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" threat to North Korea "crazy" and questioning his fitness as president.

Later, President Trump tweeted that America's nuclear arsenal is "far stronger and more powerful than ever before". He then added: "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!".

It certainly seems like a stretch, if not an outright lie, to conclude that in just 7 months the Pentagon was able to "modernize and renovate" the American nuclear arsenal to the extent that it is now "far stronger and more powerful than ever before".

The statement is a direct response to bipartisan criticism of the ultimatum Trump issued to North Korea on Tuesday.

After Trump's "fire and fury" comment, Pyongyang announced it was examining plans for attacking the tiny Pacific island of Guam, home to a U.S. military base.

Kingston Reif, director of disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association, said that it's true that Trump authorized a review of nuclear strategy and capability after taking office, but the review likely won't be complete until the end of the year or even later.

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North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States. "You don't just initiate a modernization plan", she said. He added that, "The great leaders I've seen don't threaten unless they're ready to act, and I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act". "I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the USA has unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies, and I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part".

In his comments on Tuesday, Trump said, "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from North Korea, including to the US territory of Guam.

Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to Trump, interpreted the president's latest tweet as a warning to Pyongyang.

In an interview with BBC radio, Gorka reacted to a statement by Tillerson that a conflict with the isolated communist state was not imminent and that "Americans should sleep well at night".

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