Countries With the Largest Nuclear Stockpiles

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Tensions between North Korea and the United States were raised Wednesday as the communist nation threatened preemptive military strikes against the U.S. after President Donald Trump promised to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if it continues its aggression.

North Korea’s state-run media threatened a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam and said the communist nation would “turn the US mainland into the theater of a nuclear war” if there was any indication of an impending American attack.

North Korea’s bellicose message follows Trump’s inflammatory remarks at his Bedminster, New Jersey, resort on Tuesday. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,’’ he said. “They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.’’

North Korea’s nuclear stockpile remains, even at the most generous of estimates, infinitesimal compared to the world’s other nuclear powers. If the United States were to engage Pyongyang in nuclear combat, it would have one of the world’s largest arsenals at its disposal.

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