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Pyongyang to use nuclear weapons against US if threatened, warns North Korean leader

03 January 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has warned Washington that he is ready to use nuclear weapons against the United States if his country is threatened, adding that Pyongyang would focus in 2018 on series-producing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for operational deployment.

Following North Korea’s successful test-launch of a Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in late November, Kim said in his New Year’s Day speech that the whole of the US mainland is now “within the range of our nuclear strike [capabilities]”, pointing out that “the nuclear button is on my office desk all the time”.

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