Donald Trump says US nuclear arsenal is ‘far stronger and more powerful than ever before’

Donald Trump has said that thanks to him, the US’s nuclear arsenal is “far stronger and more powerful than ever before,” a day after he dramatically upped the stakes in the war of rhetoric with North Korea and threatened “fire and fury” against the isolated country.

Mr Trump took to his favoured venue Twitter to communicate this morning that his first act as President was to strengthen the US nuclear arsenal. However, his first act in office on 20 Janurary according to the White House website was an executive order regarding “minimising the economic burden” of patients under Obamacare.

He added that “there will never be a time when” the US is not the “most powerful” nation on the planet.

However, in a move that has become somewhat characteristic of the Trump administration, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a somewhat contradictory message after Mr Trump’s “fire and fury” comment.

Mr Tillerson travelled unexpectedly to the US territory of Guam earlier today after North Korea threatened to attack the small Pacific island nation after news of Pyongyang‘s ability to build a nuclear warhead capable of fitting inside a missile became known.

The typically tacit Secretary of State addressed the media while on his plane: “I do not believe that there is any imminent threat…Americans should sleep well at night”.

Guam, approximately 2,200 miles (3540 km) southeast of North Korea, has two US military bases and is the home port for nuclear submarines.

Guamanians, who do not vote for US presidents but have party delegates in Washington, DC, have been threatened before by Kim Jong-un.

In 2013 and 2016, the mercurial leader warned that US bases in the Pacific would face attack.

Robert E Kelly, an expert on North Korea at Pusan National University, told the Washington Post that Pyongyang always responds “with the most outlandish rhetoric” but that actually striking the US would be a “suicide gamble”.

As Mieke Eoyang, Vice President for the National Security Program at DC-based think tank Third Way, pointed out on Twitter – North Korea lacks “second strike” capabilities should the US respond to…

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