Trump Claims Undue Credit for Revamping Nuclear Arsenal

Trump Claims Undue Credit for Revamping Nuclear Arsenal

But the tensions reached a new high on Tuesday after it was reported that North Korea had developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead capable of being attached to a missile.

President Trump on Tuesday retweeted messages blaming former President Obama for not doing enough to protect the USA from North Korea.

While the US has daunting nuclear power, the Pentagon's program has been beset with morale, training, discipline and resource problems. In fact, it would be virtually impossible to make substantive changes to the nuclear program in such a short timeframe.

Trump signed a presidential memorandum directing the Defense Department to launch a review of United States nuclear posture and strategy on January 27 - seven days after he took office and 12 times after he had wielded his presidential pen elsewhere.

"The Pentagon determined in 2013 that we have a third more nuclear weapons than are necessary for deterrence", he said, which is why the U.S. is in the middle of a Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) - a process "to determine what the role of nuclear weapons in USA security strategy should be", according to the Defense Department. "Let's never forget that", Bolton said in the tweet Trump retweeted.

Trump issued an executive order on January 27 to start the review, which is still ongoing and is expected to take several more months to complete. The effort will likely span another two decades at minimum, according to the Arms Control Association (ACA).

There has been no significant change in nuclear modernization plans under Mr. Trump, said Todd Harrison, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"Further, while President Trump's budget request for Fiscal Year 2018 does include additional funds for nuclear weapons activities, the appropriations legislation to fund such activities has not yet been signed into law".

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