In his New Year's Day speech on Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un touted his country as a nuclear power which possesses the technology capable of striking the U.S. mainland.
In his address Monday, Kim saidthe United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. "This is reality, not a threat", he insisted, though he suggested that the program has some work left to accomplish by stating his country will "mass produce nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles and speed up their deployment".
Beyond his talk of a "nuclear button", Kim Jong-un's most diplomatically significant remark in the address concerned inter-Korean relations.
"We have always stated our willingness to talk with North Korea anytime and anywhere if that would help restore inter-Korean relations and lead to peace on the Korean Peninsula", a spokesman for the South Korean presidency said. "The U.S. can never start a war against myself and our nation now".
Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington as a way to ease global isolation and sanctions against North Korea.
Euan Graham, director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute, told CNN the softened tone toward South Korea was a surprise.
Kim said that rather than encouraging USA measures that "threaten the security and peace of the Korean peninsula", Seoul should instead respond to overtures from the North, and "stop nuclear war exercises with foreign forces".
In an interview on ABC's "This Week", Mullen warned that President Donald Trump's provocative rhetoric aimed at Kim Jong Un likely indicates he would prefer to take a more aggressive approach to countering the rogue regime's rapidly evolving nuclear weapons program.
Ship-to-ship trade with North Korea at sea is prohibited under United Nations sanctions adopted September 11.
"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".
But he also hinted at diplomatic overtures to South Korea amid increasingly crippling sanctions. The war games usually begin in February or March. 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". He also did not touch on Kim's demand that Seoul cancel its annual joint military exercises with the United States.
On the occasion of the 2018 New Year, President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast tomorrow, January 1, 2018 at 7am. He said, "These controversies would have been avoided if some people, especially the governors, had not protested".
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Markle then joined the royal family greeting well-wishers, and was seen giving her first public curtsy to the Queen. Harry added that he and Markle are looking forward to 2018 and predicted it will be a "fantastic year".
The latest demonstrations came despite President Hassan Rouhani's vow that the nation would deal with "rioters and lawbreakers". Nine more people, including an 11-year-old boy, have been killed as anti-government protests continued across Iran on Tuesday.
The warmest day of the week is Wednesday, with highs pushing the 30 degree mark, temperatures are still well below average. At times there has been a noticeable wind, giving us a wind chill value ranging form positive to negative numbers.
Imagine Dragons, Britney Spears , Nick Jonas , Kelly Clarkson and Shawn Mendes are among those slated to perform. The Grammy-winning singer's live performance in Times Square on New Year's Eve 2016 was marked by problems.
Stephen Johnson led United Kingdom on a drive that ended when he carried it 9 yards into the end zone for the touchdown. Northwestern missed a field goal late in the third quarter as Charlie Kuhbander was wide right from 43 yards out.
A boy holds yellow tape surrounding the site in front of Mar Mina church, in Helwan , Cairo on December 29, 2017. At least three people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a Coptic Christian church in Egypt.
On the flip side, Sweat and Simmons would love nothing more than to make a Cardinal other than Jackson beat the Bulldogs' defense. That mark was also a new TaxSlayer Bowl record for rushing yards, breaking the previous mark set by West Virginia's Pat White.
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