North Korean leader Kim Jong Un defended the execution of his uncle Jang Song Thaek in his annual New Year’s eve address.
Kim said that his work to "eliminate factionalist filth" bolsters the unity of North Korea.
The message from Pyongyang is the first address Jong Un has made on the executions that reportedly took place in response to corrupt business deals Jang and his associates allegedly participated in.
"In the seething period of the effort for building a thriving country last year, we took the resolute measure of removing the factionalists lurking in the Party," Kim said, in reference to the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea.
"As our Party detected and purged the anti-Party, counterrevolutionary factionalists at an opportune time and with a correct decision, the Party and revolutionary ranks were further consolidated and our single-hearted unity was solidified to the maximum," he added.
In the same address, Kim warned that if war were to break out with South Kora and the US, it would be a nuclear confrontation.
"The U.S. and South Korean war maniacs have deployed legions of equipment for a nuclear war in and around the Korean Peninsula and are going frantic in their military exercises for a nuclear war against the North," he said. "This precipitates a critical situation where any accidental military skirmish may lead to an all-out war."
"Should another war break out on this land," he continued, "it will result in a deadly nuclear catastrophe and the United States will never be safe."
While the beginning of 2013 was marked with rising tensions between Pyongyang and the US, in 2014 he called for better relations with the South.
"A favorable climate should be established for improved relations between the North and the South," he said.