Kim Jong-Un: The Nuclear Button Is Always On My Desk

Kim Jong-Un: The Nuclear Button Is Always On My Desk

But Kim must understand that this can not ultimately guarantee the safety of the North Korean regime.

Kim Jong Un on Monday warned the United States he has a "nuclear button" on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was "open to dialogue" with Seoul.

If the talks are realized, Cho said South Korea will first focus on Olympic cooperation but also try to discuss a restoration of strained ties between the Koreas. In his address, he also called for warming relations with South Korea. The North sees the regular war drills between the South and the United States as preparations for war.

But North Korea has so far snubbed his overtures, including an offer to hold inter-Korean military talks about ceasing hostile activities along the border, as it tested missiles at an unprecedented pace. "But North Korea is likely to send athletes to figure skating, short track skating, cross country and women's ice hockey".

Should the talks be held on January 9, it would be the first such dialogue since a vice-ministerial meeting in December 2015.

"To avoid a nuclear conflict and the full-scale deployment of an operational North Korean strategic deterrent force, US leaders, in concert with South Korea, should redouble efforts to engage North Korea in direct talks and cease any further explicit or implicit threats of military action against the North", he said in an email. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has already said he has asked the USA to delay the two countries' joint military exercises that are scheduled to take place during the Olympics.

Evans Revere, another former senior US diplomat who has taken part in unofficial talks with North Korean officials this year, said North Korea was likely to try to extract concessions as a "price" for Olympics participation.

"We welcome it", a statement said.

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Kim Jong-Un: The Nuclear Button Is Always On My Desk

"I hope the Unification Ministry and the Ministry of Culture and Sports will swiftly come up with follow-up measures to quickly restore South-North Korean dialogue and realize the North Korean delegation's participation in the PyeongChang Olympics", the president said in a Cabinet meeting held at his office Cheong Wa Dae.

Choi met North Korean sports official Mun Woong in China on December 18 on the sidelines of a global youth football tournament where North and South Korea soccer teams competed, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper reported.

The governor did not immediately respond to a request by Reuters for comment.

This week's exchanges follow a year dominated by fiery threats form Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump who vowed to destroy North Korea if threatened, even as U.S. diplomats pushed for a diplomatic solution.

North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy the United States, South Korea and Japan, tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile in November, which it said was capable of delivering a warhead to anywhere in the United States.

Kim said in his televised New Year's address that the two Koreas should have "immediate talks" on the matter, Yonhap reported.

North Korea previous year conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of its push to possess a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States.

"The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table", he said, according to the Associated Press translation, in a speech carried by state television.

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Kim called on North Korea to accelerate its production of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles, CNN reported. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly called for North Korea to join the Olympic games.

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