"I may not have used those exact words, but I'm glad he spoke forcefully", one GOP national security aide says. "Clearly, he tried in raising this issue with President Trump by singling it out in their meeting in the Oval Office previous year". Earlier this week, after a Washington Post report indicated North Korea was expanding its nuclear capabilities, Trump retweeted a message from former usa ambassador John Bolton saying that "our country & civilians are vulnerable today because @BarackObama did not believe in national missile defense".
In an age where the president feels he can address volatile worldwide 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.
Trump's recent claim on Twitter - that his "first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal", and that the arsenal is now "stronger and more powerful than ever before" - is baseless, according to US nuclear experts.
"But I talk", the president said.
NY [U.S.] President Donald Trump has expressed his desire to rid the world of nuclear weapons, however, saying that until other nations disarm, the United States will have the finest nuclear arsenal. Beyond the fact that it was not actually his first order-that distinction goes to his Day One kickoff to repeal Obamacare-it grossly misrepresents Trump's role in revitalizing the nation's nuclear stockpile.
While Obama pledged billions of dollars to modernizing the arsenal, the program is in its early stages.
"China calls on all sides to uphold the main direction of a political resolution to the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, and avoid any words or actions that may intensify the problem and escalate the situation", the government said in a statement sent to Reuters, repeating its customary stance.
South Korea and the USA remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty. He said that if the threats do not cease, the country will face consequences.
The new YouGov poll suggests that 68% of Americans see North Korea as an enemy.
"The primary danger is not that Kim Jong-un is going to take a suicidal act".
ZELDIN: Well, if the North Koreans know that significant - I believe that what really triggered North Korea this week primarily was the action at the U.N. Security Council last weekend, that North Korea was going to be amping up their rhetoric and their threats this week exclusively based on the U.N. Security Council resolution, if not for anything else.
"A preemptive attack is not a good idea", she said.
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"I think Trump's rhetoric does push North Korea toward miscalculation", Towns says. "That's the last thing we want". That's all preferred, is getting that to work rather than the military option.
Indeed, Trump is not likely to welcome Obama's comeback.
And it's really only - it's been less than a week since the U.N. Security Council took their actions where - these were massive sanctions. The shift since then and now might be explained by heightened rhetoric and threats from both sides of the Pacific.
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