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

Trump touts US nuclear arsenal amid standoff with North Korea

Trump touts US nuclear arsenal amid standoff with North Korea

Donald Trump's warning that North Korea would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it continues to threaten the United States has been criticised by members of Congress from both political parties.

"President Trump has basically drawn a red line".

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.

Stephen Schwartz, an independent nuclear-weapons policy analyst and author of "Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of US Nuclear Weapons Since 1940", tweeted that Trump's claim to have significantly modernized and improved the US' arsenal was "patently absurd". "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", warned Trump.

While Reif says that the United States now possesses a nuclear arsenal that's more than adequate for defense needs-boasting some 4,000 nuclear warheads, close to half of which are now deployed at various bases-it's also not true that the arsenal is "stronger and more powerful than ever before". The victim's face had been obscured by CNN's logo - leaving viewers with the impression that Trump was, literally, beating up CNN.

She added, "I think that everyone has clearly heard what Secretary tillerson's forceful comments have been and continue to be", on North Korea.

After noting President George W. Bush was also not successful, Trump said "Obama didn't even want to talk about it".

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'.

Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, made the comments to the BBC amid reports of division within the Trump administration on how to handle North Korea.

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

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.

"But preemptive war, if one was thinking of executing that would be catastrophic for the Korean peninsula", Rice said. Tens of thousands of US troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan.

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