Kim Jong-un says ‘nuclear launch button’ on his desk

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he was always within reach of the nuclear button in a defiant New Year message after months of escalating tensions over his country’s weapons programme.

“The entire mainland of the U.S is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office. They should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality,” said Kim.

“No matter how much America wants to attack us with their military might and nuclear power, they know that now we possess such great nuclear power and therefore they will not dare,” Kim said, adding that his country’s greatest achievement of 2017 was the “historic accomplishment of completing our nuclear capabilities.”

(Agencies)

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