President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Jan. 2 to respond to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's comments regarding the United States and nuclear weapons.
Kim delivered a televised speech on New Year's Day warning the United States of North Korea's nuclear abilities, The Associated Press reported.
"The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table," Kim said. "The entire area of the U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range. ... The United States can never start a war against me and our country."
Trump didn't waste too much time and issued a response to Kim via Twitter.
"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'" the U.S. president tweeted. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime 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!"
While the war of words between Trump and Kim continues, North Korea has revealed that it is reopening a hotline with South Korea, and is in discussions to attend the Winter Olympics.
However, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned North Korea to take nuclear weapons off the table, the Daily Mail reported.
"We won't take any of the talks seriously if they don't do something to ban all nuclear weapons in North Korea," Haley told reporters, according to WABC. "We consider this to be a very reckless regime. We don't think we need a Band-Aid, and we don't think we need to smile and take a picture."
According to Haley, there are reports that North Korea is staging yet another missile test.
"I hope that doesn't happen. But if it does, we must bring even tougher measures to bear against the North Korean regime," Haley told reporters, according to the Daily Mail.
Trump had tweeted about North and South Korea just hours before firing off the tweet about nuclear buttons.
"Sanctions and 'other' pressures are beginning to have a big impact on North Korea. Soldiers are dangerously fleeing to South Korea," Trump tweeted. "Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time. Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not - we will see!"
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. will continue to put "maximum pressure" on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, WABC reported. She said that South Korea also has the same goal.