In an interview with Reuters, US President Donald Trump discussed the threat faced by North Korea, as well as his commitment to making sure America retains the top spot when it comes to nuclear weapons.
Trump started by discussing the idea of a world without nuclear weapons, saying, “I am the first one that would like to see everybody – nobody have nukes, but we’re never going to fall behind any country even if it’s a friendly country, we’re never going to fall behind on nuclear power.”
Trump went on to reiterate his goal of keeping America #1 in the nuclear arsenal competition.
“It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack,” said Trump.
“Anger” at North Korea
In the same interview, Trump emphasized that the US was “very angry” at North Korea for their recent missile tests.
Among the potential responses to those tests are an expansion and acceleration of a missile defense systems – providing an umbrella of protection for Japan and South Korea.
Trump added “There’s talks of a lot more than that,” when it comes to responding to North Korea, and also blamed China for not taking care of the North Korea problem on their border.
Trump also criticized the Obama administration for not having dealt with North Korea during their time in office.
One of the difficulties of dealing with North Korea is that – though they would be crushed in a war with the United States, they could cause millions of deaths by attacking South Korea – including tens of thousands of American troops stationed there, all before the war would be over.
That potential to cause massive suffering has given North Korea tremendous leverage, and kept their terrible regime in power.
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