01:48 GMT02 August 2021
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    On Wednesday, President Donald Trump wrote via Twitter that the US nuclear arsenal was stronger and more powerful than ever before. The statement has come amid the ever-growing tensions between the United States and North Korea.

    Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with David Schultz, political science professor at Hamline University.

    Answering the question of whether Trump has been able to increase and upgrade the US nuclear arsenal, Schultz said:

    "He [Trump] has actually done nothing since he has taken office in terms of upgrading. So, the last major upgrading took place under the orders of Barack Obama in 2014."

    According to Schulz, in terms of its military budget the US spends more than the following 10 largest spenders combined.

    "I think the strategy of the United States has been to maintain not just prone defense, but, let's say, military supremacy over the rest of the world in terms of wanting to be able to impose its order," the analyst noted. "That seems to be the official strategy," he added.

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, June 13, 2017
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    Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that America will remain "the most powerful nation in the world forever." He stressed that his first order as president was to renovate and modernize the American nuclear arsenal.

    At the same time, he said he hopes the US will never have to use its nuclear weapons. The remarks follow recent verbal sparring between Washington and Pyongyang. On Tuesday, the president warned North Korea that any threat to the US would be "met with fire and fury."

    Last month, Pyongyang is believed to have conducted two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles. According to the Korean Central News Agency, the latest launch on July 28 was successful, and the missile reached the altitude of 3,725 kilometers and traveled 998 kilometers, for about 47 minutes, before falling into the Sea of Japan.


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