February 25, 2024

Kim Jong Un sends nuclear warning to U.S., but overture to South Korea

Speech suggests Kim Jong Un is open to sending a delegation to South Korea's Winter Olympics

The North Korean leader on Monday warned Washington that Pyongyang could reach the entire U.S. mainland with nuclear weapons at anytime, while also expressing willingness to “urgently” hold an inter-Korean meeting for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Kim Jong Un, clad in a silver-colored western suit and tie, showed notable confidence in his country’s nuclear arsenal during a 30-minute New Year Speech aired by state broadcaster Korean Central Television (KCTV) from 09:00 Pyongyang time.