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Trump's Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Isn't Any Different Than Obama's

12 August 2017

The Trump administration has experimented with different approaches to North Korea.

"Maybe it wasn't tough enough", Trump said during a lengthy exchange with reporters.

Just last month marked 64 years since the end of the Korean War when the USA came to the aid of South Korea after it was invaded by the north.

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Trump's Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Isn't Any Different Than Obama's

Some national security experts said Trump is confronting more challenging circumstances than his predecessors given the advances made by the North in developing its nuclear weapon and missile programs.

Meanwhile, US military forces "stand ready" to safeguard Guam after the North threatened to fire ballistic missiles toward the American Pacific island territory, the White House said. "I said for reporters to force our chief diplomat, the incredible Rex Tillerson, to give details of military options is nonsensical". So that makes any military conflict hard because a lot of it is flying blind.

Rubio's defense of the President's comments is at odds with the opinions of some of his colleagues in the Senate - including Republicans - who criticized Trump for the harsh rhetoric. "Until such time as they do, we will be the most powerful nuclear nation in the world, by far".

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Now it turns out that Trump's threatening words were entirely improvised, according to several people with direct knowledge of what unfolded. I think now they're questioning whether we, in fact, have a game plan or not, or whether this is just going to be threats and words, rather than a strategic plan to get all parties, together, changing the calculation of North Korea that it's important for them to negotiate with us.

The inflammatory words quickly escalated the confrontation to a new, alarming level and were followed shortly by new threats from North Korea. The officials also reminded Trump that around 1.8 million people of Korean descent live in the USA, many of them voters.

MARTIN: Let me ask you on that in seconds remaining - are you convinced that China will stick to these sanctions? I've been reading about it from you people.

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Instead, she said, the president's threat was a play to demonstrate toughness to his political base "followed by more nuanced cleanup operations on the part of Tillerson and Mattis, who are walking a political tightrope". The president took questions from reporters from his golf club in New Jersey yesterday.

Here's how White House adviser Sebastian Gorka interpreted that warning on Fox News yesterday. "If he does something with Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before, what will happen to North Korea".

A deputy assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump has dismissed as "simply nonsensical" statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding a military response to North Korea, arguing that Tillerson was stepping beyond his administration role as the nation's top diplomat. "So I think the President -what the President is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong-Un can understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language".

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Trump's Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Isn't Any Different Than Obama's