Trump tweets on nuke: ‘Let it be an arms race’

Tweets on nu­clear weapons raise ques­tions and fears

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON:

US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, asked to clar­ify his com­ments about ex­pand­ing US nu­clear weapons ca­pa­bil­ity, said, “Let it be an arms race,” and that the United States would win it, MSNBC re­ported yesterday.

Trump had alarmed non-pro­lif­er­a­tion ex­perts on Thurs­day with a Twit­ter post that said the United States “must greatly strengthen and ex­pand its nu­clear ca­pa­bil­ity un­til such time as the world comes to its senses re­gard­ing nukes.” MSNBC’s Mika Brzezin­ski spoke with Trump on the phone and asked him to ex­pand on his tweet. She said he re­sponded: “Let it be an arms race. We will out­match them at ev­ery pass and out­last them all.”

Shares of ura­nium pro­duc­ers and a nu­clear fuel tech­nol­ogy com­pany have jumped on Trump’s com­ments with Ura­nium Re­sources Inc, Ura­nium En­ergy Corp, Cameco Corp and Light­bridge Corp all trad­ing higher yesterday.

It was not clear what prompted Thurs­day’s tweet by Trump, a Repub­li­can who takes of­fice on Jan. 20, but it came the same day Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said his coun­try needed to boost its nu­clear forces. In his year-end news con­fer­ence in Moscow on Fri­day, Putin said Trump’s com­ment on Wed­nes­day was not out of line and that he did not con­sider the United States to be a po­ten­tial ag­gres­sor.

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said in sev­eral tele­vi­sion in­ter­views on Fri­day that there would not be an arms race be­cause the pres­i­dent-elect would en­sure that other coun­tries try­ing to step up their nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties, such as Rus­sia and China, would de­cide not to do so.

“He’s go­ing to en­sure that other coun­tries get the mes­sage that he’s not go­ing to sit back and al­low that,” Spicer, who was named this week as White House spokesman for the pres­i­den­t­elect, told NBC. “And what’s go­ing to hap­pen is they will come to their senses, and we will all be just fine.”

Fears, ques­tions

Trump called for an ex­pan­sion of theUnited States’ nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties on Thurs­day, in a tweet that alarmed non­pro­lif­er­a­tion ex­perts who said that a boost to the US. arse­nal could fuel global ten­sions. — Reuters

WEST PALM BEACH: A mo­tor­cade car­ry­ing Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump ar­rives at Trump In­ter­na­tional Golf Club, in West Palm Beach, Florida yesterday. —AP

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