Trump tweets backhanded warning to North Korea, mentions upgraded U.S. nuclear arsenal

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2017

In recent weeks, President Trump has been called a "psychopath" in Doonesbury, and compared to North Korea's Kim Jong Un in an editorial cartoon. "Don't believe the Fake News Suppression Polls!"

President Donald Trump at his New Jersey club in August, 2017. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

It also prompted North Korea's military to announce that it is considering an attack on Guam, a USA island territory that hosts about 6,000 American troops.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", the President said from his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J.

"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal", he wrote.

The Democrats noted that the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton each considered military action against North Korea but ruled it out because it would have run the risk of a counter-response from Pyongyang that could threaten South Korea and the more than 30,000 USA service members and 100,000 US citizens living there. In the memorandum, Trump directed the secretary of defense to initiate a new review.

North Korea, which is pursuing missile and nuclear weapons programmes in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, also accused the United States of devising a "preventive war" and said in another statement that any plans to execute this would be met with an "all-out war, wiping out all the strongholds of enemies, including the U.S. mainland".

"President Trump has basically drawn a red line".

While Mr Trump's warning to North Korea rattled several members of Congress, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham was more supportive of the President. "Nobody in the world, especially not North Korea, comes close to challenging our military capabilities".

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

Political analysts have been warning that the White House should take into consideration China's position on this boiling issue.

North Korea hit back hours later, saying it is ready to carry out an attack near the USA island of Guam.

She noted more than 200,000 Americans lived in the region and that 26 million people reside in Seoul, the South Korean capital.

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