- Title: Trump's North Korea 'bluster' raises doubt among U.S. allies -analyst
- Date: 9th August 2017
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (AUGUST 9, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) JIM SCHOFF, SENIOR FELLOW AT THE CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE, SAYING: "President Trump is not - he's not demonstrating command of his job or of his personnel. He tweeted out this morning that, 'I've ordered a modernization of the nuclear program, so our nuclear arsenal is much stronger than it was six months ago,' which is not true. There hasn't been any action that would change our nuclear arsenal now from than it was a year ago. That would take several years to implement. So whether - he seems to have a very kind of simplified understanding of what's going on. I think others around him understand the nuance and are trying to manage the situation."
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2017 17:45
- Keywords: fire and fury Trump comments on North Korea North Korea's threat to strike Guam Trump's tweets
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C. / BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION + PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA / INTERNET
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C. / BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION + PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA / INTERNET
- Country: Various
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
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- Story Text: President Donald Trump's incendiary warning to North Korea against threatening the United States raises doubt among its allies, particularly South Korea and Japan, regarding U.S. policy toward Pyongyang, an analyst said on Wednesday (August 9).
"They're right in the neighborhood of where the backlash would come if we chose to take some sort of military strike because we decide that we can't tolerate this vulnerability," said Jim Schoff of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
He also said Trump's boast on Twitter that he had modernized the U.S. nuclear arsenal since taking office was "not true."
Trump's Twitter messages about the nuclear arsenal came after North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. That in turn followed Trump's comments on Tuesday that any North Korean threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury."
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