US says taking Putin’s ‘irresponsible’ nuclear threat ‘seriously’

The United States is taking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “irresponsible” veiled threat to use nuclear weapons “seriously,” a senior US official said Wednesday. “It’s irresponsible rhetoric for nuclear power to talk that way. But it’s not atypical for how he’s been talking the last seven months and we take it very seriously,” John Kirby said.

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