(WND) If you were hoping New Year’s Day 2016 would bode well for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, well, maybe things will look better tomorrow or the next day or the day after that. On the first day of the New Year for every other country on Earth but his own, which uses its own calendar, North Korean President Kim Jong Un announced he was ready for war if “outsiders” provoke it. In his fourth address to the nation since taking power in 2011, Kim spoke of the need to increase the “political and military might” of his country “in every way,” according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

“The year 2015 was a year of gigantic struggle recorded with significant events and eye-opening successes and a year of victory and glory that strikingly demonstrated the dignity and might of socialist Korea,” Kim said in the 30-minute televised speech. “We will continue to work patiently to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula and regional stability.

But if invasive outsiders and provocateurs touch us even slightly, we will not be forgiving in the least and sternly answer with a merciless, holy war of justice.” Such remarks aren’t unusual. In an October speech marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling communist Workers’ Party, Kim said he was prepared to wage war against the United States if necessary. FULL REPORT