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Morning Poll: How Worried Are You About Nuclear Annihilation?

13 August 2017, 06:51 | Christie Tate

Morning Poll: How Worried Are You About Nuclear Annihilation?

Trump expresses desire to 'de-nuke the world'

We all know that President Trump doesn't think very highly of most mainstream polls in America. His comments came in the wake of revelations that North Korea has miniature nuclear weapons that can be placed inside missiles.

In the early years the fear was of gung-ho generals; the...

Earlier on Wednesday, North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a USA military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group. And, just like then, his latest attempt to suggest he is viewed more favorably than his Democratic predecessor is misleading to say the least.

And unlike in 1962, when both the USA and the Soviet Union were rapidly stockpiling nuclear weapons, there were no defensive weapons to knock down intercontinental ballistic missiles carrying those warheads, as is the case today, John said.

Trump has also said that "strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed", and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declared the "era of strategic patience" over.

"There is a total of nothing that has changed substantially about the US nuclear arsenal over the few months that Trump has been in office", Bunn said.

And despite the rhetorical fire and fury unleashed by the president Tuesday, more level-headed officials like Tillerson are indicating that the US policy on North Korea hasn't changed. His plan, expected to cost $400 billion through 2024 - and, according to outside estimates, more than $1 trillion over the next 30 years - calls for upgrades to nuclear weapons facilities, improved warheads and the construction of new submarines, bombers and ground-based missiles that can carry nuclear weapons. "It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before hopefully, we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

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"The Obama administration requested large increases for nuclear weapons programs at the Defense and Energy Departments to sustain and modernize the arsenal", the association wrote in a recent fact sheet. "Until other nations disarm, the United States will remain the world's top nuclear power", Trump said during his Thursday press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey.

As for the Navy, its aircraft carriers no longer carry tactical nuclear weapons, nor do its surface warships carry nuclear-capable cruise missiles.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from North Korea, including to the USA territory of Guam.

A week after taking office, Trump issued a presidential memorandum on "rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces".

The plan would be put into practice at any moment, once Kim Jong-un made a decision, a Korean People's Army spokesman said in a statement carried by state-run KCNA news agency.

"His rhetoric yesterday, I think, is a change that is probably necessary. This is aging out and it's starting to stink", said Nash.

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