“The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat,” Mr Kim said during a televised New Year’s Day speech.
But in a rare move the dictator tempered his bellicose rhetoric with the suggestion he may send a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics when they are held in South Korea.
It is possible officials from the two countries may meet in the near future to discuss the idea, he said, adding that he hoped the event was successful.
Pyongyang and Seoul should improve their relations and the path to dialogue is open, Mr Kim was reported as saying.
The North will only use nuclear weapons if its security is threatened, he added.
JUST IN: North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un delivers New Year’s speech, as seen in state-run news agency’s transmission. pic.twitter.com/qa2vKzFDSN
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