>> North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, warned the United States that he is ready to defend his country, if he feels it's threatened.>> The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk.>> But he also said he was open to dialog with South Korea.
In his televised New Years Day speech, Kim called for lowering military tensions on the Korean Peninsula. And improving ties with the South. And he said he'd consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in February. The speech comes after a year dominated by escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
In September, North Korea tested intercontinental ballistic missiles, and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. In defiance of international warnings and sanctions. A spokesperson for South Korean President Moon Jae-in said they were still reviewing Kim's New Year's Day speech. U.S. President Donald Trump would only say, we'll see.
When reporters asked for his reaction, as he walked into a New Year's Eve celebration in Florida.