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President Donald Trump briefly responded to the leader of North Korea’s claim that Kim Jong Un has a “nuclear button” always on his desk.
The comment came during the president’s New Year’s Eve party at his private Mar-a-Lago club in West Palm Beach after a reporter asked: “[Kim Jong Un] says [North Korea] completed their nuclear arsenal. He said he has a nuclear button on his desk.”
“We’ll see, we’ll see,” Trump said, according to the Hill, as he made his way to the lavish reception.
The leader of the rogue nation delivered the warning of nuclear action during his annual New Year’s Day address, CNN reported. “The entire mainland of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office,” Kim said.
“They should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality,” he added.
The threat was coupled with a rare peace offering to South Korea, calling for a “peaceful resolution with our southern border.”
However, North Korea’s warning to the U.S. comes as tensions between the two continued have continued to rise. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen issued a dire warning over the weekend that the U.S. is closer to nuclear war with North Korea “than we’ve ever been.”
Last month, in response to the Kim Jong Un-led country’s latest missile launch, the U.N. Security Council slapped fresh economic sanctions on the regime’s energy sector, imports and exports.