Kimsaid in his New Year's speech Monday that the DPRK will take necessary measures to prepare to participate in the South Korea-hosted winter sports event, including the inter-Korean dialogue on the DPRK's participation.
Kim also said he was open to dialogue with Seoul, prompting South Korea on Tuesday to propose high-level talks between the two countries on January 9 at the border truce village of Panmunjeom.
Dressed in a western-style grey suit and tie, Kim added, however, that the North's nuclear arsenal played a purely deterrent role. Relations between the Koreas have plunged as North Korea has expanded its weapons programs amid a hard-line stance by Moon's conservative predecessors.
Kim's hostile comments were offset by a diplomatic message.
Lest anyone think the isolated dictator has gone soft, however, Kim also used the speech to brag that North Korea is now capable of hitting the entire US mainland with its nuclear weapons and to warn that "the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office" should the USA dare to attack them.
The main venues for the Games are just 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the heavily fortified border with North Korea and the build-up to the event has been overshadowed by the nuclear weapons standoff.
Kim said in his speech Monday that North Korea past year achieved the historic feat of "completing" its nuclear forces.
Last year, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of its push to possess a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States.
"Kim Jong Un's strategy remains the same".
South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, has encouraged Pyongyang to send a delegation to the Games, hoping their presence would help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games were scheduled to be held in February in South Korea's namesake county of PyeongChang in the eastern Gangwon province. "The United States can never start a war against me and our country".
He said the North and South could meet urgently to discuss the North sending a delegation. Alternatively, he may see this as an opportunity to drive a wedge between his enemies if South Korea, which has no appetite for war with the North, attempts to make a deal that the Trump administration won't support.
"This is reality not a threat".
"The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table", he said, according to the Associated Press translation, in a speech carried by state television.
40 killed in ISIL-claimed attack in Kabul
Ten people were also killed in a suicide bomb attack near the compound of Afghanistan's intelligence agency in Kabul on Monday. A local Shiite leader said one of the bombers was sitting unnoticed among the participants when he detonated his device.
LG Display has showcased a new 88-inch OLED display with an 8K resolution, ahead of the upcoming CES 2018 show in Las Vegas. This not only includes televisions panels, but OLED panels for smartphones as well.
For nearly the entire first half Thursday night, Virginia Tech looked like it had almost everything under control. James Washington caught five passes for 126 yards, making him the career receiving yards leader at Oklahoma State.
No one has a right to raise a hand against someone, at least not the Congress culture. "I apologise", she told reporters. During the argument, the MLA slapped the woman constable, and the lady immediately slapped her back.
It will start off mostly cloudy with temperatures ranging from the uppper 30s inland to middle 40s along the immediate coastline. For upstate NY , east of Lake Ontario, the NWS warned of "dangerously" cold wind chills of -20C to -34C throughout Friday .
Davis won a World Series ring with the Royals in 2015 and helped the Cubs to another World Series appearance a year ago. The 31-year-old Davis played with the Cubs in 2017 and was the club's only all-star representative in 2017.
The U.S. accepting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will show the U.S. will not back down to blackmail from terrorists. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not accept any United States peace plan in the wake of Mr Trump's move.
In Wenger's record 811th game in charge, James McClean deflected in Alexis Sanchez's 83rd-minute free kick to put Arsenal ahead. Referees have to protect. "Gabriel will be out for a little bit more than one month", Guardiola said.
Four jawans have been martyred and three terrorists were killed in the fidayeen attack on the CRPF camp in Jammu and Kashmir. Two militants were killed and reports said one more is in the building that was being hit by heavy weapons.
Various chants appeared to target both Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, without naming him, and President Hassan Rohani. However, he noted that a call for "No to high prices" protests had been circulated on the messaging app Telegram.
Eurozone Factory Growth At Record High
China's manufacturing sector continued to expand in December, pointing to economic resilience in the country's factory sector. China's slowdown means that for the rest of Asia, the pace of rate increases is unlikely to match that of the U.S.
Daughter of police victim dies from brain damage
Erica Garner , who became a well-known activist after her father, Eric Garner , died in police custody, has died at the age of 27. With former president Obama, Garner criticized his reactions to her father's death and the slow pace of the DOJ investigation.
New Zealand welcomes 2018 with fireworks
People around the world are celebrating and congratulating New Year by sending magazines to each other. To welcome the new year in Mumbai, the city's historic buildings are decorated with colorful lights.
Wind Chill Advisory Issued For Southeast Michigan Tonight
Yes the cold hasn't gone anywhere, and from looking into the forecast , the chill will not go away for the the foreseeable future. People throughout Green Country are dealing with a blast of cold air right now and it's going to get colder Saturday night.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé appear in "Family Feud" music video
Jay-Z has released a music video for nearly every song on his latest album 4:44 but has hardly appeared in any, except for 'BAM' . In Jay Z's world, the connection could be made to his infidelities coming before his marriage and family, which brings us to.