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Kim Jong Un says ‘nuclear button is always on my desk’

SEOUL: Kim Jong Un on Monday warned the United States that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul. After a year dominated by fiery rhetoric and escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Kim used his televised New Year’s Day speech to call for lower military tensions on the Korean peninsula and improved ties with the South. “When it comes to North-South relations, we…

North Korea likely to pursue talks, South says in rosy New Year forecast

SEOUL: South Korea predicted on Tuesday that North Korea would look to open negotiations with the United States next year in an optimistic outlook for 2018, even as Seoul set up a specialized military team to confront nuclear threats from the North. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new, tougher sanctions on reclusive North Korea on Friday for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, a move the North branded an economic blockade and act of war. “North Korea will seek negotiation with United…