Kim Jong Un says North Korea completed its nuclear force in 2017

Kim Jong Un says North Korea completed its nuclear force in 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said he was always within reach of the nuclear button in a defiant New Year message today after months of escalating tensions over his country's weapons programme.

"We're actually closer in my view to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we've ever been", Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on ABC's "This Week".

As 2018 beckons, the question now is whether the North will conduct more tests until it can confidently deploy its new long-range missile, and whether it will detonate a nuclear weapon over the Pacific to demonstrate once and for all its capabilities.

"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".

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CNN reports nearly 100 people were at the cultural center at the time for the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The attack occurred during a morning panel discussion at the centre, many of those attending students, witnesses said.

The North often lashes out at the annual military drills between the United States and South Korea, which the allies describe as defensive in nature.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), a mouthpiece for dictator Kim Jong-un's regime, accused Donald Trump of making unprecedented threats against the state.

David Wright, a missiles expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said: "The question that has always been raised is: Did North Korea get this technology from a [Russian] fire sale?" "These weapons will be used only if our security is threatened".

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