Trump Claims Undue Credit for Revamping Nuclear Arsenal

Trump touts US nuclear arsenal amid standoff with North Korea

Trump touts US nuclear arsenal amid standoff with North Korea

One said "Trump vows USA "power" will meet North Korean threat".

The letter comes amid news that North Korea declared a plan to launch a ballistic missiles toward the US territory of Guam - 4,000 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific - where the USA has a significant military presence.

While Trump said the nuclear arsenal was more powerful than ever before, US officials say it takes decades to actually modernize nuclear weapons, a move already under way under President Barack Obama's administration, and there are treaties that regulate nuclear expansion. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers, a move that if carried out would be its most provocative missile launch to date.

Mattis said in a statement that the United States and its allies would win any arms race or conflict with North Korea.

There was likely more to the decision to land on the tiny USA territory than just a need to refill the tank, however: Less than 24 hours prior, North Korea had threatened to nuke the island after President Trump spouted off some incendiary and completely careless comments about raining down "fire and fury" on the isolated dictatorship, and so somebody needed to calm everybody the fuck down and reassure the world we're not on the brink of nuclear warfare.

On Friday, the Chinese government said it would remain neutral if North Korea attacks the United States, but warned it would defend its Asian neighbor if the USA strikes first and tries to overthrow Kim Jong Un's regime, Beijing state media reported. Another included a video clip of Trump vowing to respond to North Korean threats with "fire and fury".

"President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments", Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a statement.

On Monday, two US B-1 bombers flew from Guam over the Korean peninsula as part of its "continuous bomber presence", a USA official said, in a sign of the island's strategic importance.

Trump also mentioned that he will push for more funding to go towards anti-missile defense due to the threat of North Korea and other countries. "He's not going to contain the threat, he's going to stop the threat", Mr Graham told CBS.

Trump's strongest New Hampshire supporters said that Humphrey is out of line to question the president's mental state. "Nobody in the world, especially not North Korea, comes close to challenging our military capabilities". Tens of thousands of US troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan.