Trump Takes Credit For Nuclear Arsenal Improvments By Obama Administration

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

"And I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act", Mr McCain said. The first order I gave to my generals. was this: "'I want our nuclear arsenal to be the biggest and finest in the world.' And we spent a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of effort, and it's in tip-top shape, getting better, getting stronger".

In an op-ed colum in the New York Times, the former USA ambassador to the United Nations and national security adviser to Obama, called Trump's latest remarks on North Korea "reckless rhetoric".

On Friday, the Chinese government said it would remain neutral if North Korea attacks the United States, but warned it would defend its Asian neighbor if the USA strikes first and tries to overthrow Kim Jong Un's regime, Beijing state media reported. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

A Republican who's a leading voice on defense issues says President Donald Trump has "basically drawn a red line" with his strong warning on North Korea.

But there is "more continuity than there is change" during the review, Kimball said, and no official guidance is offered until after the review is complete. "Donald Trump should be relieved of the powers of the presidency at the earliest date", the open letter from the former New Hampshire lawmaker added. Lindsey Graham says Trump isn't going to just "contain the threat". Gorka said that Tillerson wasn't qualified to make that comment.

Rice insisted the Washington can tolerate a nuclear North Korea, 'the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War'.

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

China, North Korea's closest ally despite Beijing's anger at Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programmes, described the situation as "complex and sensitive", and urged calm and a return to talks.

The South Korean capital, Seoul, is within range of massed North Korean rockets and artillery, which would be impossible to destroy in a first US strike. "I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the US 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".

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