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Trump doesn’t know much about nuclear policy or world: US prez Obama

world Updated: Apr 02, 2016 23:49 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
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US President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Nuclear Security Summit.(AP Photo)

US President Barack Obama went “radioactive” on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Friday, questioning his understanding of foreign policy, nuclear issues “or the world generally”.

Addressing reporters at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit, Obama said Trump “doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean Peninsula or the world generally”.

Obama went on to say, and not for the first time, that Trump was not fit to be president: “We don’t want somebody in the Oval Office who doesn’t recognise how important that is.”

Politico news-site called it Obama going “radioactive” on Trump.

Obama was responding to a question about Trump’s recent remarks that Japan and South Korea could acquire nuclear weapons if they wanted, faced with a threat from North Korea.

He has also said he is open to using nuclear weapons to settle a conflict in Europe. “I’m not going to use nuclear, but I’m not taking any cards off the table,” he told MSNBC.

Japan, the only country ever hit by a nuclear bomb, has vowed to never acquire one as a national policy, and its foreign ministry responded to Trump’s remarks saying it never will.

Obama said many of over 50 world leaders who came for the nuclear summit had brought up Trump and his controversial remarks in private conversations with him.