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Donald Trump's Claim That US Nuclear Arsenal Is Now 'Far Stronger And More Powerful'


Donald Trump

"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before."-President Trump, in a tweet, Aug. 9, 2017

As part of his saber-rattling with North Korea, President Trump made this claim about the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Readers wanted to know: Can the nuclear arsenal be modernized so quickly?

In a word, no.

Let's deconstruct the president's statement.

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Japan Says 'Can Never Tolerate' NKorea Provocations


Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary

The Japanese government said Thursday it "can never tolerate" provocations from North Korea after the country's military said it was finalising a plan to launch missiles towards Guam that would fly over Japan.

"North Korea's provocative actions, including this time, are obviously provocative to the region including Japan as well as to the security of the international community," Mr Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief government spokesman, told reporters. "We can never tolerate this."

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Why North Korea Threatened Guam, The Tiny United States Territory With Big Military Power


Kim Jong-Un

North Korea is reviewing plans to strike U.S. military targets in Guam with its medium-range ballistic missiles to create "enveloping fire," according to state media.

KCNA: "The nuclear war hysteria of the U.S. authorities including Trump has reached an extremely reckless and rash phase for an actual war."

- Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) August 8, 2017

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Trump Warns North Korea Will Be Met With 'Fire And Fury' If Threatens United States


Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea it would be met with "fire and fury" if it threatens the United States.

Earlier Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any U.S. military action.

Washington has warned it is ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs but that it prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions.

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Not Going To Run Scared From NKorea: Nikki Haley


Nikki Haley

The US and the international community is "not going to run scared from North Korea", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said after Pyongyang refused to roll back its nuclear weapons programme.

"All of us should be concerned about what's happening right now. But I think the signs that we're seeing from North Korea, they're concerned back. Now they see the international community is standing with one voice. China didn't pull off.

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United States Can Talk To North Korea If It Stops Missile Tests: Rex Tillerson


Rex Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a door open for dialogue with North Korea on Monday, saying Washington was willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halted a series of recent missile test launches.

Tillerson's comments at a regional security forum in Manila were the latest U.S. attempt to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs after months of tough talk from U.S. President Donald Trump.

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed its toughest round of sanctions yet against Pyongyang over its two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July.

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Iran Says Nuclear Deal Violated By New United States Sanctions


Donald Trump

Iran said on Thursday that new sanctions imposed by the United States had violated its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and that the country would respond.

"We believe that the nuclear deal has been violated and we will react appropriately," deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said on state television, following news that US President Donald Trump had signed the new sanctions into law.

"We will certainly not fall into the trap of US policy and Trump, and our reaction will be very carefully considered."

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Donald Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill - But He's Not Happy About It


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President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill that imposes new sanctions on Russia, but he immediately expressed doubts about its constitutionality and criticized Congress for giving itself greater powers to prevent him from rolling back penalties aimed at Moscow.

Trump's reluctant signing of the legislation came nearly a week after it was approved by overwhelming, bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate that assured any veto could be overridden. Trump's statement, however, raised questions about whether he will enforce all its provisions.

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Rex Tillerson To NKorea: 'We Are Not Your Enemy'


Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Tuesday for a dialogue with North Korea and acknowledged that U.S. relations with Russia have worsened during the Trump administration.

During wide-ranging comments at the State Department marking six months since his confirmation, Tillerson told reporters that the United States does not aim to depose the government in Pyongyang or use military force.

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Trump Ready For War To 'Destroy' North Korea: US Senator


Donald Trump

A Republican senator said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump has told him he would go to war to destroy North Korea rather than allow it to develop a long-range nuclear-armed missile.

Influential lawmaker Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, told NBC's Today Show: "There is a military option: To destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself."

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un boasted that his country could now strike any target in the United States after carrying out its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

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