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With nuclear button on desk Kim Jong “open to dialogue”

Jan 01, 2018, 6:19 AM EST
In a marked shift, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un struck conciliatory tone for the South.
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Adhering to his customary sabre-rattling, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned the U.S. that a nuclear button is always on his desk even as he expressed his willingness for a dialogue with S. Korea ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Seoul.

In his annual New Year’s Day address, Kim boasted off the country’s “complete” nuclear arsenal, which he said, would be used only when N. Korea’s security is threatened, notes The Guardian.

Kim’s conciliatory tone for the South, especially after a string of ballistic missile tests and aggressive rhetoric in the last year, is being viewed as a drastic shift, writes the BBC. Last month, the South's President Moon Jae-in indicated that joint military drills with the U.S. may be delayed until after the Games.