Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has "won this match" in the contest to acquire nuclear weapons. "All of the mainland United States is within the range of our nuclear strike".
Since President Donald Trump bragged about the size of his "nuclear button" in a tweet directed at North Korea on January 2, companies selling products meant to protect people in the event of a nuclear attack have seen an exponential uptick in sales and calls.
Trump's relationship with Kim has been primarily distinguished by escalating barbs and insults. In contrast, South Korean public opinion continues to believe that president Trump would never start a war in Korea-and that the tension, crisis-like atmosphere, and belligerent rhetoric are all posturing.
However, Donald Trump's ill-considered riposte on Twitter-'I too have a nuclear button, but it is a much bigger and more powerful one than his, and my button works'-only heightened worldwide concerns over his mindset on using nuclear weapons. "I'm a very flexible person".
But asked whether he had spoken to Kim, Trump responded: "I don't want to comment on it". That could be achieved by strengthening the credibility of U.S. extended nuclear deterrence security guarantees to South Korea and Japan, as well as other allies, including Australia, and making that step explicit in the soon-to-be-released Nuclear Posture Review.
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They and the United Kingdom also spoke in favor of keeping the 2015 deal with Tehran in place. Bush's administration called for an Iran Democracy Fund .
The president's remarks come after North and South Korea this week held their first talks in two years, and the North agreed to participate in the Winter Olympics in the South next month. Perhaps they thought this was the only way to make the idea palatable to Trump.
The U.S. has not had formal negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear program since 2012.
The actions of Kim have taken Donald Trump by surprise.
"[Trump is] very good for what is now called the prepper industry: Companies that either manufacture or sell emergency preparation products", Jones said, adding that those specializing in merchandise related to nuclear attacks have experienced a boost in particular. On Wednesday, Trump said he didn't expect a war in a White House news conference, and indicated he was pleased by direct talks between Pyongyang and Seoul.
Trump told the newspaper a decision by the United States and South Korea to postpone military exercises until after next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea "sends a good message to North Korea". According to its supporters, it boosts GDP in all affected countries, and it's conceivable that a better deal would have larger growth effects in the United States, which the U.S. could then tax to pay for the wall.