Transcript for Kim Jong Un's New Year Resolutions
young, reclusive north korean dictator, kim jong-un, beginning the new year with alarming new comments, aimed at america and at the powerful uncle he had executed. I want to bring in our global affairs correspondent martha raddatz this morning. What did you make of this? One of the reasons the new year's address is so important and so closely watched is we know so little about the young north korean leader. But this 30-year-old is now issuing these fresh threats, accusing the u.S. And south korea of conducting military exercises as a rehearsal for nuclear war with the north. Saying it would result in a deadly nuclear catastrophe. But at the same time, he said that the north and south should try to improve relations. That line really caught my eye because he said something similar last year at this time. And a few months later, when i was in south korea, he was threatening a military attack on seoul that had that nation and the u.S. On edge for weeks, david. Yeah. We all remember what followed. We know he had his uncle executed, even though that uncle was instrumental in his rise to power. You see his uncle circled. And photo shopping him out of official photos. And very dark, very public words about his uncle. This was rare. Indeed, david. Photoshopped and executed within days of being accused of treason. He referred to his uncle as despicable humancum. This is viewed as kim jong-un's effort to consolidate power.
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