N Korea shows off nuclear ambitions with ice sculptures

North Korea marked the New Year in typically hostile by again threatening to launch a nuclear attack on the US, while showing off its military might by using ice sculptures.

Many of the isolated nation's citizens spent New Year's Eve at the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival on Kim Il Sung Square.

There, visitors took pictures with sculptures inspired by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's determination to build a nuclear arsenal. 

Taking pride of place at the festival was a massive - and phallic - ice sculpture depicting a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

On New Year's Day, Jong-un said the US will never be able to start a war against North Korea now that his country has developed the capability to hit all of the U.S. mainland with its nuclear weapons.

'The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk,' Kim said during a televised New Year'ss Day speech.   

'This is reality, not a threat.' 

A group of men stand before an ice sculpture depicting a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival on New Year's Eve

A group of men stand before an ice sculpture depicting a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival on New Year's Eve

Children pose for a photo before an ice sculpture of an ICBM and self-propelled launcher at the festival on Kim Il Sung Square

Children pose for a photo before an ice sculpture of an ICBM and self-propelled launcher at the festival on Kim Il Sung Square

Children stand before an ice sculpture at the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival, marking the New Year on Kim Il Sung Square

Children stand before an ice sculpture at the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival, marking the New Year on Kim Il Sung Square

Earlier on Sunday, Mike Mullen, a former top US military officer, warned the US is closer than it has ever been to nuclear war with North Korea.

Adm Mullen, a former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, attributed the rising danger to Donald 's 'incredibly disruptive' presidency.

'And in my view, an incredibly dangerous climate exists out there in that uncertainty with how this all ends up,' he said on ABC's 'This

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