Trump says US nuclear arsenal ‘stronger and more powerful than ever’ amid North Korea threat

After North Korea announced potential plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, President Donald Trump warned North Korea that the United States nuclear arsenal is more powerful than ever.

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After President Donald Trump told North Korea that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury,” the North responded hours later that it is considering plans for a missile strike on Guam.

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Trump then followed up on his warning to the North by tweeting: “My first order as President was to renovate and modernise our nuclear arsenal. 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!” Trump added.

On Trump’s warning of “fire and fury,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that were on the plane with him to Guam, that the president is sending a strong message to the North.

“I think what the president was doing was sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language,” Tillerson said.

“I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days,” Tillerson added.