Takeaways From Kim Jong-un's 2018 New Year's Address

Takeaways From Kim Jong-un's 2018 New Year's Address”

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.

"The US should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my desk".

Presidential office spokesperson Park Soo-hyun was speaking after Pyongyang's state-run TV channel aired Kim's New Year address on Monday.

"We define this "sanctions resolution" rigged up by the USA and its followers as a grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our republic, as an act of war violating peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region, and categorically reject the 'resolution, '" the statement released by the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) read. After the Olympics, inter-Korean ties could become frosty again because North Korea has made it clear that it has no intention of accepting global calls for nuclear disarmament and instead wants to bolster its weapons arsenal in the face of what it calls increasing US threats.

Two North Korean athletes - pairs figures skaters - have qualified for the Games but missed the October 30 deadline to confirm to the International Skating Union that they would participate.

"An improvement in inter-Korean relations may not go a separate way from (efforts) to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue, so I ask the foreign ministry to closely consult with our allies and the worldwide community so that we may push for an improvement in inter-Korean relationship and the resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue at the same time", he said. He appeared open to the prospect of sending a North Korean delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will be hosted by South Korea at Pyeongchang in February 2018.

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The tyrant warned America that it can "never start a war against me and our country" and insisted his nukes are now a reality, not a threat.

Kim's January 1 speeches have previously set the direction for tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The sanctions were in response to the country's ongoing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launches.

South Korea said Friday that in late November it had seized the Hong Kong-flagged Lighthouse Winmore, which is suspected of transferring as much as 600 tons of oil to the North Korea-flagged Sam Jong 2. The tests were the focus of fiery verbal exchanges between the North and U.S. President Donald Trump, who has derisively called Kim, "little rocket man".

South Korean president Moon Jae-In last month proposed delaying Seoul's annual joint military exercises with the United States until after the Games to ease the situation.

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