In his New Year’s message, Kim Jong-Un wanted the U.S. to know he keeps a nuclear button always on his desk.
Mr Kim said his country had achieved the historic feat of “completing” its nuclear forces.
“The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table,” he said during the speech.
“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.”
He urges North Korea to mass-produce nuclear warheads and missiles in a defiant New Year message suggesting he would continue to accelerate his rogue weapons program.
On the positive side, Kim is thinking of sending a delegation to the Olympic Games and appears willing to talk with South Korea to establish better relations.
One U.S. admiral sees a bleaker picture before us given our posited stance that North Korea cannot be allowed to maintain a nuclear program.
The United States is closer to nuclear war with North Korea than ever before, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Bush and Obama said Sunday.
“We’re actually closer, in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we have ever been,” retired Admiral Mike Mullen said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I don’t see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point.”
Former Joint Chiefs chair Adm. Mike Mullen to @MarthaRaddatz: “We’re actually closer, in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we’ve ever been.” https://t.co/aCXTlIgyPp pic.twitter.com/fPAEQWFMYk
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 31, 2017
“If we blink, God help us.”
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 31, 2017
In 2002, then-President George W. Bush discussed the Axis of Evil in his State of the Union speech.
“North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.
Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people’s hope for freedom.
Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens, leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world.
States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.”