Trump Wanted Dramatic Increase in Nuclear Arsenal in Meeting With Military Leaders

Trump Wanted Dramatic Increase in Nuclear Arsenal in Meeting With Military Leaders

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"Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve", NBC reported.

Although US presidents have modernised weapon stockpiles over the years, any meaningful addition to the nuclear arsenal would violate treaty agreements.

It was the second time in a week that NBC had referenced the July meeting.

Trump again called the report "fake news" and added that such an increase in the nuclear arsenal was "totally unnecessary".

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"It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write, and people should look into it", Trump said to a group of reporters on Wednesday.

In recent weeks, Trump has repeatedly threatened to strike North Korea with a nuclear weapon. That came just over a month after Trump responded to a North Korean missile test by telling reporters that if the regime of Kim Jong-un issues further threats, the USA will retaliate with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

However, Trump took to Twitter Wednesday and denied the allegations, saying it's "pure fiction, made up to demean".

Though it isn't logistically feasible to increase the USA nuclear arsenal in the dramatic manner Trump reportedly desires, his interest follows a troubling pattern. Nonproliferation experts warned that such a move could set off a global arms race.

Asked for a response to the president's comments, a White House official speaking only on the condition of anonymity, said that the nuclear arsenal was not a primary topic of the briefing. "We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all".

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