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Offbeat Trump says North Korea is ‘no longer’ a nuclear threat. The Pentagon budget suggests otherwise.

01:34  14 june  2018
01:34  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Trump says North Korea 'no longer a nuclear threat'

  Trump says North Korea 'no longer a nuclear threat' U.S. President Donald Trump, arriving back in the United States on Wednesday after his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said Pyongyang no longer posed a nuclear threat. "Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!" Trump wrote on Twitter.North Korea also was no longer the United States' "biggest and most dangerous problem," he added.

The Pentagon budget suggests otherwise . President Trump proclaimed Wednesday that there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea after his talks with Kim Jong Un, but the Defense Department is spending billions of dollars preparing to counter one.

(SINGAPORE) — President Donald Trump declared on Twitter Wednesday that there was “ no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea ,” a bold and questionable claim following his summit with leader Kim Jong Un that produced few guarantees on how and when Pyongyang would disarm.

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President Trump proclaimed Wednesday that there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea after his talks with Kim Jong Un, but the Defense Department is spending billions of dollars preparing to counter one.

For years, leaders at the Pentagon during both the Obama and Trump administrations have cited North Korea’s nuclear ambitions as one of the foremost threats to the United States and have sought ways to advance the American military’s ability to counter them.

North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests, including the most recent one in 2017 that U.S. officials suspect was a hydrogen bomb, in addition to multiple intercontinental ballistic missile tests. By most accounts, the nation is close to demonstrating an ability to strike the continental United States with a nuclear warhead atop one of those ICBMs.

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“North Korea has accelerated its provocative pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile capabilities, and expressed explicit threats to use nuclear weapons against the United States and its allies in the region,” the nuclear weapons strategy that the Trump administration released in February said. “North Korean officials insist that they will not give up nuclear weapons, and North Korea may now be only months away from the capability to strike the United States with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.”

The U.S. intelligence community’s worldwide threat assessment, published the same month, said North Korea would be “among the most volatile and confrontational (weapons of mass destruction) threats to the United States over the next year.”

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  Pentagon hasn't yet issued instructions on ending 'war games' President Trump has declared such "war games" to be "expensive," "provocative," and "inappropriate"Mr. Trump announced after his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the joint military exercises or "war games" would be suspended while negotiations with North Korea are ongoing, a concession that drew skepticism from the president's critics. Earlier this week, CBS News confirmed the Defense Department is complying with the president's wishes, even as instructions for that suspension have yet to materialize. The next military exercise, titled Ulchi Freedom Guardian, scheduled for the fall, has yet to be canceled.

“There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea . That concession to Kim appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed.

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The roughly $700 billion Pentagon budget includes a number of programs aimed at countering the threat of a North Korean missile hitting the United States or its allies and possibly carrying a nuclear warhead.

For example, the Trump administration is bolstering the military’s missile defense capabilities with billions of dollars in new funding primarily on account of the expanding threat emanating from North Korea.

Last November, Trump made an urgent request for an additional $4 billion from Congress to fund “efforts to detect, defeat, and defend against any North Korean use of ballistic missiles against the United States, its deployed forces, allies or partners.” Congress ultimately appropriated some $11.5 billion to the Missile Defense Agency for the fiscal year, the largest amount on record when adjusted for inflation.

The White House request last fall said the extra money would go in part to constructing ground-based interceptors in Alaska aimed at shooting down North Korean missiles. The request also said the money would enhance radar, missile detection and intelligence capabilities, and help procure new Terminal High Altitude Area Defense and Aegis SM-3 missile interceptors, citing the advancing North Korea threat.

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United States President Donald Trump declared on Twitter on Wednesday that there is “ no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea ”, a bold and questionable claim following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that produced few guarantees on how and when Pyongyang would disarm.

The Pentagon sharply increased intelligence efforts to monitor the North Korean regime’s military activity and weapons development at the beginning of last Dunford said the sense of urgency points to North Korea being the immediate threat , with Russia as the most sophisticated and long -term

The Pentagon is also focused in part on enhancing the U.S. military’s ability to defeat North Korean missiles before they launch — a strategy known in military parlance as “missile defeat” or “left of launch.”

The Trump administration’s new missile defense policy, which was supposed to come out earlier this year but has been delayed for months, will likely detail the technologies the military hopes to pursue to counter North Korean nuclear missile threats.

Trump said North Korea is “no longer” a nuclear threat, but he didn’t say the country no longer poses a missile threat. The missile defenses his administration is bolstering take aim at missiles regardless of whether they are carrying nuclear or conventional warheads.

But the urgency with which the Pentagon has sought to bolster the missile defense budget stems largely from the possibility that one of North Korea’s missiles could arrive on American shores with a nuclear warhead attached.

Both the Senate and House versions of this year’s annual defense policy bill fully authorize the $9.9 billion the Trump administration has requested for the Missile Defense Agency in the coming fiscal year. The bill has passed the House and is under consideration in the Senate.

In its overview requesting the funds, the Missile Defense Agency specifically cited the North Korean nuclear threat as a driving factor.

“Nearly all of our adversaries are concerned with U.S. missile defenses and are devising various means aimed at complicating missile defense operations,” the agency wrote. “North Korea is committed to developing a long-range, nuclear-armed missile that is capable of posing a direct threat to the United States.”

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