Kim says US should know North Korean nuclear force a reality

Kim Jong Un
South Koreans watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's speech, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The letters read on top left, "Kim Jong Un delivers New Year's speech." Kim said the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

TOKYO (AP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the United States should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat.

Kim was speaking in his annual New Year’s Day address. He said the country had achieved the historic feat of “completing” its nuclear forces and added that the has a “nuclear button” on his desk.

The customary New Year’s address was broadcast Monday morning on North Korean state television.