Starting nuclear war is president's decision alone

Trump touts US nuclear arsenal amid standoff with North Korea

The major US averages ended down about 0.2 percent overnight, with the Dow snapping a 10-day winning streak, as Trump's remarks added to concerns about rising tensions between the USA and North Korea.

On Wednesday, Trump followed up his "fire and fury" warning with a boast about US nuclear capabilities.

The North is threatening the United States with the prospect of a nuclear-armed long-range missile, and Sen.

When asked about Trump's nuclear arsenal tweets, White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters told reporters to refer to an executive order the president signed early on in his term where he asked for the Nuclear Posture Review.

Trump went on to say, "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". This morning, following yesterday's criticism of his "fire and fury" comments, President Trump continued his unsafe rhetoric towards North Korea.

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Trump's heated rhetoric comes as his secretary of state seeks to downplay the words.

The top Democrat serving on the U.S. House panel responsible for defense spending is condemning President Donald Trump's "loose and imprecise language" concerning nuclear weapons. "Our policy across the administration is the same", she said. Lindsey Graham says Trump isn't going to just "contain the threat". Three U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the United States had not moved additional assets into the region after North Korea's threats against Guam.

Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to Trump, interpreted the president's latest tweet as a warning to Pyongyang. If they think you're serious, they'll negotiate and it'll never come to that.

The statement is a direct response to bipartisan criticism of the ultimatum Trump issued to North Korea on Tuesday. Critics included fellow Republican John McCain, head of the Armed Forces Committee in the U.S. Senate, who said Trump should tread cautiously.

The remarks followed a new report asserting that US intelligence has assessed that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. Tens of thousands of USA troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan.

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