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Trump Claims Undue Credit for Revamping Nuclear Arsenal

12 Août 2017

This morning, North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike the U.S. territory of Guam with ballistic missiles.

The Washington Post's report came out quickly after North Korea threatened to take "justified actions" in response to a series of sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council last weekend.

He says an announcement is planned soon.

US President Donald Trump boasted about his country's nuclear arsenal Wednesday as tensions escalated over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. And he insists his administration has "done a lot of modernization" and "a lot of renovation" already. Trump is issuing a new warning over the North's development of nuclear weapons.

There was likely more to the decision to land on the tiny USA territory than just a need to refill the tank, however: Less than 24 hours prior, North Korea had threatened to nuke the island after President Trump spouted off some incendiary and completely careless comments about raining down "fire and fury" on the isolated dictatorship, and so somebody needed to calm everybody the fuck down and reassure the world we're not on the brink of nuclear warfare. Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey said he wants Trump stripped of his executive powers under the 25th Amendment.

White House deputy advisor Sebastian Gorka on Thursday forcefully dismissed talk from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that "Americans should sleep well at night", as it relates to North Korea.

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The president was addressing reporters during his vacation at his New Jersey golf club before a security briefing with top advisers.

Critics of the president's tweet say the rhetoric reflects a threat of violence against North Korea that violates Twitter's rules and terms of service.

Kingston Reif, who researches nuclear disarmament at the Arms Control Association, pointed out that the United States has long had powerful nuclear capabilities.

Pyongyang says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defence against perceived U.S. hostility, including joint military drills with South Korea.

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile able to strike the U.S. and has ignored all calls to halt its weapons programmes.

The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Trump Claims Undue Credit for Revamping Nuclear Arsenal