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Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, has kicked off the New Year with a fresh warning to Donald Trump, the President of the United States: the nuclear weapons of Pyongyang are now capable of reaching “the entire” United States, and the rogue state is ready to utilise them if necessary.
During a televised speech for New Year’s Day, Kim delivered an unequivocal message to his antagonist in the West.
He stated: “The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat.”
“This year we should focus on mass producing nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles for operational deployment,” said Kim.
“These weapons will be used only if our security is threatened.”
Both sides have butted heads throughout the entirety of last year, with some rhetoric reaching apocalyptic levels. Pyongyang has tested on some of its intercontinental ballistic missiles. In September, it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in disobedience of international sanctions and warnings.
However, Kim also demonstrated that he was willing to engage with the rest of the world, saying in his address that he was considering whether to send a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics Games, which will be held in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Kim stated: “North Korea’s participation in the Winter Games will be a good opportunity to show unity of the people and we wish the Games will be a success. Officials from the two Koreas may urgently meet to discuss the possibility.”