Kim says U.S. should know North Korean nuclear force a reality

Saul Bowman
January 2, 2018

"In this New Year's address, North Korea seems to have taken great pains with the image portrayed by Kim Jong Un", said an analysis by the state-run Korea Institute for National Unification after Kim's speech. The North sees the regular war drills between the South and the United States as preparations for war.

If realized, the talks would mark the first inter-Korean dialogue since the Moon Jae-in government was sworn in last May.

While he remained defiant in his confrontation with Donald Trump, he struck a more conciliatory note on relations with South Korea, offering to start talks on sending a North Korean delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Park said the presidential office has always stated its readiness to talk with the North anytime, anywhere and in any form if the dialogue is about peace on the Korean Peninsula.

In an annual New Year's day speech, Kim said that "we sincerely hope the games will be successful". Kim Jong-un, while acknowledging the "unprecedented" level of sanctions the country had endured in 2017, said that North Korea would have to improve its "ability to be self-reliant". "And you mentioned both Russian Federation and China and my expectation is that will continue to be the case for them, as well as Iran and North Korea".

The governor did not immediately respond to a request by Reuters for comment.


An official from South Korea's Foreign Ministry said the 5,100-ton KOTI and its crew members were being held at Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port on the country's west coast amid an inspection over supposed "North Korea-related" activity.

Kim called on North Korea to accelerate its production of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles, CNN reported. Adm. Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday that the United States is "closer to a nuclear war with North Korea" than ever.

"North Korea's participation in the Winter Games will be a good opportunity to showcase the national pride and we wish the Games will be a success".

After the United Nations council passed the resolution, drafted by the U.S., Trump tweeted, "The World wants Peace, not Death!"

Kim also said he was open to dialogue with Seoul, prompting South Korea on Tuesday to propose high-level talks between the two countries on January 9 at the border truce village of Panmunjeom.

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