Trump Reaffirms US Readiness to Use Nuclear Weapons to Counter North Korea

© REUTERS / Jonathan ErnstU.S. President Donald Trump (R), trailed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, arrives to speak to reporters after their meeting at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey U.S. August 11, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump (R), trailed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, arrives to speak to reporters after their meeting at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey U.S. August 11, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Trump reaffirmed US commitment to protect the country and its allies from the North Korean threat by any means, including nuclear weapons.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump reaffirmed Washington’s readiness to protect the country and its allies using all available capabilities, including nuclear, the White House said.

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“President Trump reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to defending our homeland, territories, and allies using the full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities at our disposal,” the statement said in a follow-up to a phone conversation between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held Sunday.

On Sunday, North Korea said that it had successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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