‘WE’RE STRONGER THAN EVER!’ Donald Trump says US nuclear arsenal is ‘more powerful than ever’ in fre
DONALD Trump has said the US’ nuclear arsenal is “more powerful than ever before” in a fresh warning to North Korea after crackpot Kim Jong-un threatened to unleash “enveloping fire” around Guam airbase.
Trump today tweeted: “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize 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!”
My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
...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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
The tweets came after tensions between the quarrelling nations mounted with the president responding to Kim Jong-un's missile tests by launching supersonic B-1B bombers from the US airbase and warning that America would respond to threats with "fire and fury".
Minutes before Trump tweeted US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said: "What the president is doing, is 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 went on to say "I do not believe that there is any imminent threat" from North Korea, adding "Americans should sleep well at night."
Yesterday two Air Force B-1B fighter jets took off from the US base on Guam alongside bombers from Japan and South Korea, in a blatant display of American military strength.
The drills came before the secretive state announced it was “carefully examining” a plan to target the West Pacific military outpost - which is home to about 163,000 people.
The rogue state had made the terrifying revelation just hours after US President Donald Trump vowed "America will be defended".
As the war of words escalated, the US warned that it was "ready to fight Kim".
Images of the American fighter jets flying close to the Korean peninsula were released as The Washington Post revealed that US intelligence officials believe North Korea has developed a nuclear weapon that can be fired by missile.
North Korea responded to the US military drills by branding the nation "nuclear war maniacs".
Announcing the hermit state was considering an attack on the US base a spokesman for the North Korean army, in a statement carried by the North's state-run KCNA news agency, said it was “now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with the medium-to-long-range Hwasong-12 strategic ballistic rocket”.
He said the planned strikes would target the major American military bases on Guam – including the Anderson Air Force Base, where the strategic bombers are based.
The strike plan will be "put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment" once leader Kim Jong-un makes a decision, the statement added.
In another statement citing a different military spokesman, North Korea also said it could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the United States showed signs of provocation.
North Korea's erratic leader had previously warned the US it would "pay dearly" after UN sanctions were imposed on the hermit state.
Just hours before today's chilling announcement, Trump had warned Kim he would not tolerate any more threats against the US.
Speaking to reporters at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.
"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."
But Kim has now called his rival’s bluff – and revelations made the same day show the North is kitted out to make good on its threat.
US intelligence documents seen by The Washington Post, the report says: "North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery".
Two intelligence officials contacted by the paper confirmed the "broad conclusions" made by the shock report, which was dated July 28.
Its findings risk sparking all-out war on the Korean peninsula as the pressure to crush Kim's despotic rule before he can push the button grows.
Just this weekend, H.R. McMaster, Donald Trump's national security adviser said that a nuclear-armed North Korea would be “intolerable, from the President’s perspective.”
Both China and Germany have urged caution from the quarrelling states urging talks.
German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said: "The goal of the German government is to avoid a further military escalation and to settle the conflict in the North Pacific peacefully.
"China and Russia have a special responsibility to do everything they can to dissuade North Korea from a path of escalation."
The United States has often dispatched B-1B and other strategic nuclear bombers from Guam to the Korean Peninsula to flex its muscles after Kim Jong-un’s missile launches or nuclear tests.
The jets that performed a low-pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul on Tuesday just last month had themselves taken off from Andersen Air Force Base.
But Kim has been ratcheting up tensions to breaking point with dozens of rocket tests in recent months, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that appeared capable of reaching the US mainland.
A massive US armada has been deployed to the region, where it has remained on war-footing ready to launch strikes on Pyongyang.
China has also agreed to step up pressure on its old comrades in the Kim regime.
On Sunday it backed UN Security Council sanctions banning imports of North Korean coal, iron, lead and other products.
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