North Korean leader says he's 'open to dialogue' with South Korea

Kim Jong Un attends a performance dedicated to nuclear scientists and technicians.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a televised New Year's Day address that he is "open to dialogue" with South Korea, Reuters reports. Kim additionally boasted that he has a nuclear button on his desk and could attack the U.S., but said he would only use the weapons if threatened.

The mixed message came after a year of escalating tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests. Kim called his country "a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power," and said he would consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.

A spokesman for South Korea's presidential Blue House said Seoul has "always stated our willingness to talk with North Korea any time and anywhere."

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