Should Putin's nuclear threat concern the US?

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Putin set a slew of ambitious economic goals, vowing to boost living standards, improve health care and education and build modern infrastructure in a state-of-the-nation address. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - “Nobody listened to us. Well listen to us now.”

These are the words spoken by Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday in his annual State of the Union address, boasting about his country’s improved nuclear capabilities.

Some in Washington say they’re not too concerned.

“They have a declining economy, a declining population and they are desperate for any kind of attention and also Vladimir Putin’s try to rally his base,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R – Ill., in an interview with CNN’s New Day.

But others believe Putin’s words are triggering new fears, and will cause NATO to view Russia as a direct threat to Europe, and should also be a warning to the United States to step up our own missile defense program.

“Russia and China have the most advanced ballistic missile systems in the world besides us in terms of multiple warheads, hypersonic capability,” said Riki Ellison, Founder of The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.

Ellison said the country he remains most concerned about is North Korea.

“North Korea has accelerated their threat and their ballistic missile technology and their nuclear capability. We’ve never had that threat at this level before,” Ellison said

While North Korea recently signaled a willingness to talk to the United States, he believes a great focus on missile defense has never been more important.

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