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Trump and Putin call for stronger nuclear forces

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By Euronews
Trump and Putin call for stronger nuclear forces

<p>Donald Trump has called for the US to greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear weapons capability. </p> <p>Despite long-term efforts by Washington to reduce its atomic arsenal, the President-elect tweeted such action was needed until the world comes to its senses regarding nuclear weapons. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/811977223326625792">December 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It’s not clear what prompted the comment, though it came only hours after Vladimir Putin had also called for Russia to strengthen its nuclear forces. </p> <p>Insisting his country was capable of repelling any possible armed threat, the Russian President told military advisers at the Defence Ministry in Moscow: </p> <p>“We are stronger now than any potential aggressor – anyone. I want to draw your attention to the fact that if we allowed ourselves to relax, the situation could change very quickly.”</p> <p>There are estimated to be about 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world – most them are in the hands of the US and Russia. </p> <p>Since the end of the Cold War, both countries have attempted to cut their stockpiles.</p>