While reflecting on how close the US has come to war with North Korea back in 2017, the US president made the shocking revelation about the “incredible” nuclear weapons he has created.
According to the book ‘Rage’, by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward, Mr Trump said: “I have built a nuclear – a weapons system that nobody’s ever had in this country before.
“We have stuff that you haven’t event seen or heard about.
“We have stuff that Putin and Xi have never heard about before.
“There’s nobody – what we have is incredible.”
Donald Trump reveals US nuclear weapons system
Russian president Vladimir Putin
Mr Woodward claims the anonymous sources confirmed the US military had a secret new weapons systems.
But said sources were surprised Mr Trump had disclosed the information.
As of 2019, the US had a staggering 6,185 nuclear warheads, making it one of the countries with the highest number of weapons of mass destruction.
Back in 2017, tensions between North Korean and the US escalated after Pyongyang conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests.
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Tensions between the US and North Korea escalated
This, as well as a regular joint US/South Korea military exercise undertaken in August 2017 and US threats, raised international tensions in the region and beyond.
North Korea threatened Australia twice with nuclear strikes throughout 2017, accusing them of siding with the US.
The tensions began to ease at the beginning of 2018, after North Korea agreed to hold talks with South Korea about participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Following an unprecedented bilateral summit between Kim Jong-un and Mr Trump, a joint declaration calling for the “full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” was announced.
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In the new book, Mr Trump also admitted he knew the coronavirus pandemic was far more dire than what he had been publicly saying.
In a call in February, Mr Trump said: “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed.
“And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one.
“It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu. This is deadly stuff.”
Chinese president Xi Jinping
However, Mr Trump said he wanted to play it down and told Mr Woodward: “I wanted to always play it down.”
The US has been the worst hit country due to the pandemic with more than 6,000,000 people infected and 193,652 deaths.
The book is based in part on 18 on-the-record interviews between Mr Woodward and Mr Trump between December and July.
News of Mr Trump’s new nuclear weapons comes hours after he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Donald Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
The US President’s nomination came from right-wing Norwegian politician Christian Tybring-Gjeddee who praised Donald Trump for his efforts towards resolving conflicts worldwide.
He particularly commended the President for his key role in the “historic peace agreement” between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Mr Tybring-Gjedde said: “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees.”
He said the agreement between Israel and UAE could be a “game changer” that will spark change in the Middle East.