North Korea threaten US with 'nuclear button'

North Korea threaten US with 'nuclear button'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un used his New Year’s Day address to warn the US not to test him while striking a softer tone with South Korea, saying newly perfected nuclear capabilities mean he can launch a nuclear strike at any time.

"The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat. This year, we should focus on mass-producing nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles for operational deployment. These weapons will be used only if our society is threatened," NBC News cited him as saying.

He said the US would not dare to take any military action against Pyongyang because "they know that now we possess such great nuclear power."