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Trump Says US Ready To Use Nuclear Weapons

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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As North Korea continues to develop it nuclear capabilities, President Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. has modernized its own nuclear arsenal and is prepared to use it if necessary.

The tweets were in response to the news that North Korea is quickly on its way to becoming a nuclear power, according to The Washington Post. The country has far exceeded U.S. expectations and has successfully produced a miniaturized warhead that can fit inside its missiles. 

An analysis from the Defense Intelligence Agency also found that the country will produce intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting the continental U.S.

On Aug. 8, North Korea warned that they may use the missiles in response to a new round of U.N. sanctions that the country says is meant to "strangle a nation."

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"Physical action will be taken mercilessly with the mobilization of all its national strength," the country warned. 

Trump responded to the news from his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, later that day. He said that if the threats do not cease, the country will face consequences.

"They will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before," he said.

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He echoed his tough stance against North Korea in a series of tweets Aug. 9, according to The Hill.

"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before," he wrote.

"Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!​"

Former President Barack Obama policy adviser Ben Rhodes responded to the president's tweets, writing that "it's literally impossible for Trump to have changed our nuclear arsenal in 6 months."

"Alarming thing to lie about."

On Jan. 27, Trump made an executive order to create the Nuclear Posture Review, which will analyze the U.S.' nuclear capabilities. The co-leader of the review, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva, said July 18 that a thorough look at the country's nuclear strategies will take a few more months at best. Only then will the Department of Defense revitalize the country's nuclear weapons. 

"My expectation is it will take several more months to complete the Nuclear Posture Review, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Review will follow it, because the second review is actually informed by many of the strategic choices that will be made in the Nuclear Posture Review," said Silva.

Sources: The Washington Post, The Hill / Featured Image: Geoff Stearns/Flickr / Embedded Images: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/FlickrJonas Forth/Flickr

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