Most TV networks took up press remarks made on Tuesday by senior Trump administration officials regarding North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s message making overtures to South Korea. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said: “We don’t think we need a band-aid and we don’t think we need to smile and take a picture. We think we need to have them stop nuclear weapons and they need to stop it now.” Her negative assessment of Kim’s statement was echoed by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who said, “If the ROK wants to sit down and have a conversation with the DPRK, that is certainly their choice…. But we aren’t going to necessarily believe that Kim Jong-un is sincere and is credible in his talks.” She added that Pyongyang may be trying to drive a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea.
The broadcasters also highlighted a tweet by President Trump in response to Kim’s remark that the nuclear launch button is always on his desk. The President tweeted: “Please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”