North Korea warned the US to expect a Christmas gift in an ominous cryptic message – Business Insider
North Korea warned the US that it will receive a “Christmas gift” if it does not make meaningful progress in talks by the end of 2019.
North Korea claims the US is delaying a response to North Korea’s cessation of intercontinental ballistic missile tests because of the 2020 election.
“The dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the US,” Ri Thae Song, vice foreign minister of US affairs, said.
North Korea took issue with the US’ claim that talks in November were “good discussions.”
Kim Jong Un told Donald Trump in April he had until the end of 2019 to show flexibility in terms of nuclear and missile testing.
“The DPRK has done its utmost with maximum perseverance not to backtrack from the important steps it has taken on its own initiative,” Ri Thae Song, vice foreign minister of US affairs, told the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in regard to ending tests.
“What is left to be done now is the US option and it is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select to get.”
“The dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the US.”
Intercontinental ballistic missiles are seen at a grand military parade celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Army at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) February 9, 2018.