Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Focus at Four: North Korea Threat

Focus at Four: North Korea Threat

Actor Kal Penn has pointed out the president of the United States' posts fit the bill.

The claim: The nuclear arsenal "is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before".

As tensions with a nuclear-armed North Korea escalate, it may be prompting some who live here in the D.C. area to reflect on the threat of nuclear conflict.

In an age where the president feels he can address volatile global diplomacy issues by tweeting, it is also concerning that Trump a has not filled many North Korea-related executive posts, while former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush had hand-picked leaders for these roles by June of their first term. Like many of his most noteworthy prevarications (including many that have been judged suitable for Alternative Fact of the Week honors in this space), it was launched early in the morning on Twitter.

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed in 2010 requires Russian Federation and the reduce deployed intercontinental missiles to 700 and the overall number of warheads on ICBMs, submarines and bombers to 1,550 each by 2018. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, that arsenal stood at 22,217.

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The CIA and other key US intelligence agencies agree with the Defense Intelligence Agency's previously reported assessment that North Korea is now able to miniaturize a nuclear weapon so it can be placed atop a ballistic missile, USA officials told NBC News. Under the New START treaty with Russian Federation that took effect in early 2011, Washington and Moscow have agreed to a limit of 1,550 total deployed weapons. The number of USA deployed strategic warheads has decreased since September 1, 2016.

"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 numerous strategic choices that will be made in the Nuclear Posture Review", said Silva.

The Air Force bomber force today is a fraction of the hundreds of aircraft that were once under its Strategic Air Command.

Senator Dianne Feinstein said isolating the North Koreans has not halted their pursuit of nuclear weapons. We already know that they want us to think that Donald Trump is completely unable to handle every aspect of his job, so now they want us to think that we're on the verge of nuclear war, that if we leave this dunderhead in charge, we'll all die in a Terminator 2 conflagration. Cumulatively, total costs could reach $1 trillion over the next 30 years. Critics have said that the tweet from Trump's personal handle - @realDonaldTrump - is a threat of violence and is, therefore, a violation of the social networking site's terms of service.

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