Kim says US should know North Korean nuclear force a reality

  • Jon Chol Jin / Associated Press

    North Koreans watch as fireworks explode as part of New Year celebrations above the Taedong River as viewed from Kim Il Sung Square, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

  • Korean Central News Agency / Korea News Service via AP

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the conference of cell chairpersons of the ruling party in Pyongyang.

TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday the United States should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year’s address, wishing success for the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South in February and suggesting the North may send a delegation to participate.