North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned the United States that his country’s completed nuclear arsenal is now a button-push away an his annual New Year’s address. .
“The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table,” the North Korean leader said. “The entire area of the U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range. … The United States can never start a war against me and our country.”
Kim’s threats follow a year marked by frequent missile launches and a nuclear test that fueled heated exchanges with President Trump, but the Asian dictator said that nuclear weapons will not be used unless North Korea is provoked.
“This year we should focus on mass producing nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles for operational deployment,” Kim added. “These weapons will be used only if our security is threatened.”
Kim’s hostile comments were offset by a diplomatic message, calling for warming relations with South Korea. He said the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang would be a “good opportunity” to present a more united Korean nation.
“The Winter Olympic games that will be held soon in the South will be a good opportunity to display the status of the Korean nation and we sincerely wish that the event will be held with good results,” he said.
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