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    Trump: 'I'd Like to De-Nuke the World', but US Will Remain Top Nuclear Power

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    During his Thursday press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, US President Donald Trump expressed his desire to "de-nuke" the world, calling nuclear weapons the greatest threat to humanity. However, until other nations disarm, the United States will remain the world's top nuclear power according to Trump.

    "I know that President Obama said global warming is the biggest threat. I totally disagree. I say that, it's a simple one, nuclear is our greatest threat worldwide. Not even a question, not even close."

    Hence, Trump called on "Russia, and the United States, and China, and Pakistan and many other countries that have nuclear weapons get rid of them."

    But if such a disarmament were to occur, it wouldn't be initiated by the Americans. "Until such a time as they do, we will be the most powerful nuclear nation on Earth by far. The first order I gave to my generals… was this: 'I want our nuclear arsenal to be the biggest and finest in the world.'  And we spent a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of effort, and it's in tip-top shape, getting better, getting stronger."

    "Until such a time that this scourge disappears, we will be so much better and so much stronger than anyone else. Nobody, including North Korea, will be threatening us with anything." Over the last few days, the longstanding war of words between the United States and North Korea between the new flashpoint. Trump threatened the DPRK with "fire and fury", to which Pyongyang replied on Wednesday with vow to make the US "pay a price" by firing a nuclear missile at the US Pacific Island territory of Guam.

    Trump added that Iran is not complying with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the  deal that halted the Iranian nuclear program. "I think you'll see some very strong things taking place, if they don't get in compliance. I don't they're living up to the spirit of the agreement." The Trump White House levied a new round of sanctions against Iran (along with North Korea and Russia) earlier in August.

    It isn't only offense that Trump wishes to expand. He added that the US would be putting more money into its $40 billion ballistic missile defense system. "We are going to be increasing our budget by many billions of dollars, we’ll probably be able to report that over the next week," Trump said on Thursday. "We are going to be increasing the anti-missiles by a substantial amount of billions of dollars."

    In March 2016, Trump said that the "biggest problem, to me, in the world, is nuclear, and proliferation." A month later, he said that if elected, he would "be the last to use nuclear weapons. It's a horror to use nuclear weapons… I will not be a happy trigger like some people might be. But I will never, ever rule it out."

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    nuclear disarmament, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, Donald Trump, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), Iran, Russia, Guam
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