Kim Jong Un Kicks Off New Year With Warning to US: 'Nuclear Button' Is On My Desk
“The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat,” Kim said. “This year, we should focus on mass-producing nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles for operational deployment. These weapons will be used only if our society is threatened.”
Kim made the statement in a televised New Year’s Day address in which he declared North Korea “a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power,” while also calling for better relations with the South.
"When it comes to North-South relations, we should lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment," he said. "Both the North and the South should make efforts."