State Department says it highly doubts U.S. would play any role in talks between North and South Korea
: "The United States is committed and will still continue to put maximum pressure on North Korea to change and make sure it denuclearizes the peninsula."
"We're calling on everybody to step up and do more," says @PressSec on DPRK.
US will continue to put maximum pressure on North Korea, says @PressSec despite possibility of talks between Pyongyang and Seoul. "There's nothing new to update on that front."
A ballistic missile launch by North Korea is possible, if not likely, in the coming days, military officials tells @NBCNews. One official said that a possible launch could happen mid-week. The other official characterized the timeline as the "short-term."
: Sanctions and "other" pressures are beginning to have a big impact on North Korea. Soldiers are dangerously fleeing to South Korea. Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time. Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not - we will see!
KCNA: "A New Year performance of schoolchildren for Juche 107 (2018) took place at the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren's Palace on SundayThe performance began with song and dance 'We Offer Glory to Respected Marshal Kim Jong Un, Our Father.'"
KCNA: "The famous restaurants across the country serve traditional and special dishes including sturgeon dish, sinsollo and roe steak. All the people are full of the pride of being victors and the faith and optimism for the future."
KCNA: "Seen in every part of the country are the flags of the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK, posters and decorations felicitating the New Year."
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KCNA: "After buying a bundle of cards, a young man told KCNA with pleasure that he will send them to his comrades working at Samjiyon County and the construction sites of the waterway tunnel in South Hwanghae Province and the Tanchon Power Station."
KCNA: "A lot of people are buying New Year's cards at bookstores in different parts of the DPRKThe Pyongyang Greeting Card and Souvenir Shop near the Pyongyang Railway Station are also crowded."
KCNA: "He declared that the DPRK, as a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power, would not use nuclear weapons unless the hostile aggression forces encroach upon the sovereignty and interests of our state, and nor pose any nuclear threat to any country or region."
KCNA: "In order to host the great events of the nation with splendor and demonstrate the dignity and stamina of the nation, we should melt the frozen north-south relations, thus adorning this meaningful year as a year to be specially recorded in the history of the nation."
KCNA: "This year is a year of significance both for the north and the south of Korea as our people will celebrate the 70th birthday of the DPRK as a great auspicious event and there will be the Winter Olympic Games in the south."
KCNA: "The United States can never fight a war against me and our state. It should properly know that the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office and this is just a reality, not a threat."
KCNA: "Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made New Year Address on Monday."
KCNA: "A basket of flowers in the name of Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of the Party, the State and the army, was placed at the colored statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong IlThe participants made a deep bow to the statues of the great leaders."
KCNA: "Colored statues of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il were erected at the general review room of the Korean Revolution Museum. A ceremony of laying floral baskets at the statues took place on Sunday."
KCNA: "There are also sculptures portraying Ryomyong Street and ICBMs soaring into space and showing the revolutionary faith of the heroic Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il working class."
KCNA: "Ice sculptures depicting Mt Paektu and the Arch of Triumph impressively show the army and people's deep yearning and reverence for President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il who devoted all their life to the accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Juche."
KCNA: "The Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival-2018 opened at Kim Il Sung Square on Sunday on the occasion of the New Year."
KCNA: "At 00:00 of January 1, 2018, song 'Our Leader Loved by People' resounded, along with the start of the fireworksWatching the fireworks, the onlookers looked back upon with proud the year 2017 when the Korean people made a dynamic advance toward the victory of socialism."
KCNA: "Fireworks were displayed in the sky over Pyongyang on the New Year, Juche 107 (2018). Working citizens from all walks of life and school youth and children thronged banks of the River Taedong near Kim Il Sung Square and the Tower of the Juche Idea to watch fireworks gala."
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North Korea enters 2018 with crowds, fireworks and a song about Kim Jong Un. KCTV rarely broadcasts live or past midnight, but new year is an exception.
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