KIM Jong-un has chillingly warned a “nuclear button is always on my desk” as he threatened the US during his New Year’s address in Pyongyang.
He said: “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.”
The dictator also declared that North Korea had reached full nuclear force in 2017 and called for the mass-production of nukes and missiles in the year ahead as tensions continue to rise with the US.
He said: “We achieved the goal of completing our state nuclear force in 2017.
”We need to mass-produce nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles and accelerate their deployment.”
Kim Jong-un also revealed that North Korea is open to future talks with Seoul and is willing to send a team to the Winter Olympics in February.
The dictator said: “This year marks the 70th anniversary of the North Korean regime’s establishment, and the South will host the Winter Games. This year holds significance for the two Koreas.
”The Winter Games to be held in South Korea will be a good occasion for the country. We sincerely hope that the Winter Olympics will be a success.
“We have readiness to take various steps, including the dispatch of the delegation.”
His comments comes after the despot’s mouthpiece Korean Central News Agency announced the state will continue to enhance its nuclear capabilities in 2018 despite pressure from international sanctions to back down.
Last year the rogue state conducted its sixth nuclear test, which sparked an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude.
North Korea also test launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), with Kim Jong-un declaring the third rocket was capable of reaching “all the US mainland”.
KCNA said: “The DPRK, an undeniable new strategic state and nuclear power, declares: Do not expect any change in its policy.
“On February 12 the DPRK successfully test-fired the new type strategic weapon system Pukguksong-2, ground-to-ground intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket.
“On Nov. 29, the DPRK succeeded in the test-fire of new type ICBM Hwasong-15 reflecting its tremendous might as a world-class military power.
“The US persistent moves against the DPRK in political, economic, military, diplomatic and all other fields till the end of this year could not stop even a moment the advance of the DPRK confident in the victory of its cause.
“The DPRK, as a responsible nuclear weapons state, will lead the trend of history to the only road of independence and justice, weathering all tempests on this planet.”