North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un offered a New Year’s Day olive branch to his neighbors in South Korea – but it came with a nuclear warning to the U.S. . . .
“The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table,” Kim said in his speech to the nation. “This is reality, not a threat. The entire area of the U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range. … The United States can never start a war against me and our country.”
South Korea welcomed Kim’s offer to send a delegation to the Pyongyang Games and hold talks with the South to discuss possible participation.
“We have always stated our willingness to talk with North Korea any time and anywhere if that would help restore inter-Korean relations and lead to peace on the Korean peninsula,” a spokesman for the presidential Blue House said. “We hope the two Koreas will sit down and find a solution to lower tensions and establish peace on the Korean peninsula.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said North Korea’s participation will ensure safety of the Pyongyang Olympics and proposed last month that Seoul and Washington postpone large military drills that the North denounces as a rehearsal for war until after the Games. (Read more from “‘The Button Is Always on My Desk'” HERE)