North Korea gives USA condition to end nuclear tests

Hannah Rogers
January 1, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

North Korea has finally agreed to give up its nuclear programme but with a condition that the United States (U.S.) and its allies should stop blackmailing it.

The report, titled "No Force Can Prevail over Independence and Justice", provided a timeline of the country's alleged 2017 nuclear weapon achievements, mostly focused on possible USA engagement. Lindsey Graham, of SC, who said Sunday that 2018 could be a year of "extreme danger". The official transcript of his address was expected to be released shortly.

"The entire mainland of the United States is within the range of our nuclear weapons, and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office". That includes a stern speech delivered in South Korea's National Assembly on Tuesday, in which he said: "Do not underestimate us".

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While Graham, an Air Force veteran who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is widely considered a Republican foreign policy hawk, he repeatedly said in the interview with The Atlantic that he hopes military options are never employed and advocated meeting with the North Koreans in pursuit of a peaceful resolution to tensions between the two nations.

"The Winter Olympic games that will be held soon in the South will be a good opportunity to display the status of the Korean nation and we sincerely wish that the event will be held with good results", he said.

On Saturday, Kim's government responded by accusing Trump of trying to demonize North Korea, keep it apart from the global community and undermine its government.

Kim also reportedly highlighted the isolated state's economic achievements during the speech, and nodded towards trying to improve the country's standard of living.

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