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Trump wants to 'de-nuke the world', says it's worlds biggest threat

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Donald Trump said that nuclear weapons, and not global warming, is the greatest threat to the planet.

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PTI, Washington :
 Nuclear weapons pose the greatest threat to the world, US President Donald Trump has said as he favoured a complete elimination of atomic arms by all countries possessing it including Pakistan, China and Russia.
"I would like to de-nuke the world. I know that President Obama said global warming is the biggest threat. I totally disagree. I say that it's a simple one-Nuclear is our greatest threat worldwide. Not even a question, not even close," he told reporters yesterday at Bedminster in New Jersey.
"So, I'd like to de-nuke the world. I would like Russia and the United States, China and Pakistan, and many other countries that have nuclear weapons, get rid of them," president Trump said.
He said until his aim of a nuclear-free world is achieved, America will be the most powerful nuclear nation on the earth by far.
"The first order I gave to my generals, I want this, our nuclear arsenal, to be the biggest and the finest in the world," Mr Trump said in response to a question.
"We spent a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of effort. It is in tip-top shape, and getting better and getting stronger. Until such time as this scourge disappears, we will be so much better and so much stronger than anybody else. And nobody, including North Korea, is going to be threatening us with anything," he said.
Donald Trump said his administration will be increasing their military budget by many billions of dollars because of the North Korean threat and other reasons.
Talking about the Russia sacking 755 workers of the US Embassy in Moscow, Trump thanked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, boasting that the move would cut payrolls and save him some money.
"I want to thank him (Putin) because we're trying to cut down on payroll. And as far as I'm concerned, I'm very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll," he said.
"There's no real reason for them to go back. So I greatly appreciate the fact that they've been able to cut our payroll for the United States. We'll save a lot of money," president Trump said.
Moscow had last month announced counter measures in response to tough new sanctions proposed by the United States, ordering Washington to reduce its diplomatic staff.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump on Thursday blasted Iran for not "living up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal it reached in 2015 with world powers including the United States, and reiterated that he thought it was a "horrible agreement."
"I don't think Iran is in compliance," Trump said from his golf club retreat in New Jersey, where he is spending two weeks away from Washington for a working vacation.
"I don't think they're living up to the spirit of the agreement."
The accord gave Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for accepting curbs to its ability to make material for nuclear weapons. Last month, Trump was forced to back off from a key campaign promise to withdraw from the deal.
Trump had described it as "the worst deal ever" and accused Tehran of continuing to back extremist groups in the Middle East.
But on July 17, the White House certified that the Islamic republic was in fact sticking to the nuclear agreement.
Still, a day later, the United States imposed new sanctions on Iran-targeting 18 individuals and entities-over its ballistic missile program.
The State Department also said then that it "remains deeply concerned about Iran's malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity."
The US Treasury punished Iran again later in July after Tehran tested a satellite launch rocket, singling out six companies it said were involved in the Islamic republic's missile program.

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