“This is reality, not a threat.” – Kim Jong-un, BBC News, 1 January 2018.
“The entire mainland of the US 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. … 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 Jong-un, CNN, 1 January 2018.
“The year 2018 is a significant year for both the North and the South, with the North marking the 70th anniversary of its birth and the South hosting the Winter Olympics.” – Kim Jong-un, BBC News, 1 January 2018.
“We should melt the frozen North-South relations, thus adorning this meaningful year as a year to be specially recorded in the history of the nation.” – Kim Jong-un, BBC News, 1 January 2018.
“North Korea’s participation in the Winter Games will be a good opportunity to show unity of the people and we wish the Games will be a success. … Officials from the two Koreas may urgently meet to discuss the possibility.” – Kim Jong-un, BBC News, 1 January 2018.
“These military exercises that you have with our enemy the USA must be halted at this very moment, because this behavior only causes fire and destruction on this great country.” – Kim Jong-un, CNN, 1 January 2018.
“Nobody can deny the entity of the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], which rapidly emerged as a strategic state capable of posing a substantial nuclear threat to the US,” – Kim Jong-un, Global Security, 22 December 2017.
“The rapid development of the DPRK’s nuclear force is now exerting major influence on the world political structure and strategic environment,” – Kim Jong-un, Korea Times, 22 December 2017.