Trump touts nuke strength as Tillerson urges calm on N.Korea

In this Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, US. Donald Trump’s threat to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea might have been written by Pyongyang’s propaganda mavens, so perfectly does it fit the North’s cherished claim that it is a victim of American aggression. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump declared the US nuclear arsenal “far stronger and more powerful than ever before,” even as his top diplomat was working to calm the North Korea crisis and insisting there wasn't “any imminent threat.”

In a series of early-morning tweets Wednesday, Mr Trump reaffirmed his threat from a day earlier by reposting video of him warning that Pyongyang would be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it made more threats to the US. Then he said that his first order as president had been to “renovate and modernise” the US nuclear arsenal.

“Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!” Mr Trump tweeted.

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