North Korean leader announces his country is a nuclear force, calls for better relations with South Korea

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January 1, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

PYONGYANG, North Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year address broadcasted by the country’s state TV on Monday that 2017 marked the year that the country established a nuclear arsenal to resist any aggression against it.

“We completed the creation of our country’s national nuclear forces,” he said in a speech to sum up the results of the outgoing year 2017.

“The nuclear button is always on my working desk,” the North Korean leader added.

Although the above comments were aimed at Washington, Kim offered a softer rhetoric to South Korea.

“The year 2018 is a significant year for both the North and the South, with the North marking the 70th anniversary of its birth and the South hosting the Winter Olympics,” he said.

“We should melt the frozen North-South relations, thus adorning this meaningful year as a year to be specially recorded in the history of the nation,” he continued.

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