Kim Jong Un: Nuclear button is always on his desk

Kim Jong Un appeared to extend an olive branch to Seoul in his address to the nation today saying the Winter Olympics 2018 would “serve as a good chance to display our Korean people’s grace toward the world and we sincerely hope the Games will be a

Kim Jong Un: Nuclear button is always on his desk

Kim Jong Un used his annual New Year's Day speech on Monday to announce that he had a nuclear button on his desk, with the entire United States mainland within the range of his weapons.

He also threatened both the United States and the entire world with his remark that "the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office and this is just a reality, not a threat". While Kim did not halt his nuclear threats, the fact that he hinted at his willingness to improve inter-Korean relations by having North Koreans attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was a positive sign.

The remarks came one day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country was willing to send a delegation to the Winter Olympic Games to be held here on February 9-25.

North Korea a year ago conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of its push to possess a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States.

Kim appeared to extend an olive branch to Seoul in his address to the nation today, saying the Olympics would "serve as a good chance to display our Korean people's grace toward the world and we sincerely hope the Games will be a success".

Kim also said North Korea could meet with South Korea "as soon as possible" to discuss the possibility of sending a delegation to the games, CNN reported.

This, Kim said, was "irreversible with any force", making it impossible for the United States to start a war against North Korea. "But North Korea is likely to send athletes to figure skating, short track skating, cross country and women's ice hockey".

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South Korean Unification Minster Cho Myoung-gyon says the South proposes the two Koreas meet January 9 at the border village of Panmunjom to discuss Olympic cooperation and how to improve overall ties.

The U.S. State Department did not respond to a requests for comment on Kim's address, but analysts said it was an attempt to weaken the U.S.

"The improvement of relations between North and South Korea can not go separately with resolving North Korea's nuclear program, so the foreign ministry should coordinate closely with allies and the global community regarding this", Moon said in opening remarks at a cabinet meeting.

Asked about Kim's nuclear claims, President Trump on Sunday night said, "We'll see", The Washington Post reported. "These weapons will be used only if our security is threatened".

"I'm still very skeptical of the "complete" thing they've been talking about, if only because we've seen so much activity in regards to the submarine launched ballistic missile programme", he said.

The venues for the Games lie just 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the tense border with the North and the build-up to the event has been overshadowed by tensions running high over the North's escalating nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September and launched its most high-tech intercontinental ballistic missile in November, ignoring global condemnation and steadily tightening sanctions.

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