Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

US Defense Secretary issues stark warning to North Korea

US Defense Secretary issues stark warning to North Korea

In the wake of recent back and forth threats between the US and North Korea, US President Donald Trump responds to North Korea's threat on Guam with a backhanded reference over Twitter to the US' nuclear arsenal, saying his first order as president was to "renovate and modernize" it.

On Monday, two US B-1 bombers flew from Guam over the Korean peninsula as part of its "continuous bomber presence", a United States official said, in a sign of the island's strategic importance. Lindsey Graham says Trump isn't going to just "contain the threat".

But any modernization is thanks to Obama, for now: But making the nuclear arsenal strong again started before he took office, for instance Obama's administration pushed for modernization starting in 2010, per Fox News. which led to developing a purchasing plan. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

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 reclusive country escalated its threats on Wednesday, saying that its military would have a plan to attack the waters near Guam in place by mid-August, saying that someone like Trump understands "only absolute force".

"And I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act", Mr McCain said.

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In his comments on Tuesday, Trump said, "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".

While Mr Trump's warning to North Korea rattled several members of Congress, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham was more supportive of the President.

China, North Korea's closest ally despite Beijing's anger at Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programmes, described the situation as "complex and sensitive", and urged calm and a return to talks.

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers, a move that if carried out would be its most provocative missile launch to date.

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

Trump added that the US would be putting more money into its $40 billion ballistic missile defense system. Tens of thousands of USA troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan.

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