President Trump says the U.S. nuclear capabilities are “more powerful than ever before.” Today, he tweeted that his “first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal” adding “hopefully we will never have to use this power.”

Carnegie Scholar Jon Wolfsthal encouraged both the Trump administration and North Korea to "take a deep breath," and underscored the importance of de-escalating fiery rhetoric for the purposes of maintaining regional stability in the Korea peninsula. The U.S. must reassure allies and establish a firm deterrent policy towards North Korea while simultaneously coaxing them back to the negotiating table, Wolfsthal says. 

This interview originally aired on WBUR