Donald Trump wants to increase US nuclear capacity
The billionaire Republican said the US has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity.
Despite being one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s biggest cheerleaders during his election campaign, Mr Trump complained about Russia deploying a cruise missile last week, in violation of an arms control treaty.
He told Reuters he would raise the issue with his Russian counterpart when and if they meet.
Last Tuesday a Russian spy ship was reported to have been spotted of the US’ East Coast – the first time since Mr Trump took office.
Senior Republicans, including Senator John McCain, have been asking Donald Trump to take a firmer stance with Mr Putin, especially after the president’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned over links with Russia.
The US needs to be at the 'top of the pack' with its nuclear arsenal
In a wide-ranging interview, the US President said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea “very easily if they want to”.
His comments will be seen as further pressure on Beijing to exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang’s increasingly bellicose actions.
He said he was “very angry” over North Korea’s ballistic missile tests and said accelerating missile defence system for US allies, Japan and South Korea, is among many options available.
In a move sure to infuriate China, he said the country is a “grand champion” of currency manipulation.
Mr Trump's comments about China helping tackle North Korea will anger leader Kim Jong-un
The US has already annoyed China this week by placing ships in the disputed South China Sea
Mr Trump added he welcomed China’s halt in coal imports form North Korea, but said that was not enough.
China, the North’s sole ally, has consistently been accused of weakening UN resolutions and failing to police the breaking of sanctions on North Korea by Chinese companies.
However, in a surprise move on Saturday, Beijing banned coal imports from North Korea until the end of 2017.
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The ban is expected to hit the tyrant country’s economy badly, with Goldman Sachs economist Goohoon Kwon saying the ban will know $1billion – or five per cent – off its GDP, angering its dictator leader Kim Jong-Un.
Today, North Korea hit back at the ban, saying China was “dancing to the tune” of the US.
Without mentioning the word China, it accused a “neighbouring country” of partnering with North Korea’s enemies to “bring down its social system”.
A statement from state-run news agency KCNA, said: "This country, styling itself a big power, is dancing to the tune of the US while defending its mean behaviour with such excuses that it was meant not to have a negative impact on the living of the people in the DPRK but to check its nuclear programme.”
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