Sen. Whitehouse On Trump Accusing Dems Of Treason: Sounds Like North Korea

A Democratic senator suggested Monday that President Donald Trump might be inspired by North Korea's "dear leader" cult of personality, shortly after Trump quipped that Democrats committed "treason" when they did not applaud his State of the Union.

The American and North Korean envoys to the United Nations -sponsored Conference on Disarmament debated the danger presented by each other's nuclear capabilities in a lively exchange at a meeting held on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland.

"North Korean officials insist that they will not give up nuclear weapons, and North Korea may now be only months away from the capability to strike the United States with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles", he said.

The US ambassador added that China and Russian Federation were expanding their nuclear arsenals, a claim that prompted anger from their delegations.

Singling out the regime in Pyongyang which conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September-the only country to have tested a nuclear weapon in the 21st century-Wood said North Korea represented an "urgent and unpredictable threat" to the USA and its allies.

Wood later told Reuters that he had "no new information to share" when questioned on the basis for his assessment of North Korea's missile technology.

Wood's dire warning comes about two weeks after Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo made a similar prediction - telling CBS that "North Korea's nuclear weapons program is continuing to expand, advance, become more powerful, more capable, more reliable".

North Korea launched a series of ballistic missiles in 2017 as well as carrying out its biggest-ever nuclear test, prompting fears across the globe about the Kim regime's ability to attack the global community.

North Korea has reached over to its in recent weeks ahead of the Olympics, which begin later this week in PyeongChang, South Korea. It is not yet believed to have the capability to mount a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile.

  • Jon Douglas