US President Donald Trump has brushed away any concerns regarding the “Christmas Gift” threat received from North Korea earlier this week that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile test.
“We’ll find out what the surprise is and we’ll deal with it very successfully,” Trump told reporters. “We’ll see what happens.”
“Maybe it’s a nice present,” he sarcastically said. “Maybe it’s a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test.”
North Korea, in 2017, had suspended long-range missile testing as well as nuclear bomb tests. US Military commanders believe that this remark could allude to the long-range missile testing to resume.
North Korea’s last test of an intercontinental ballistic missile was in November 2017, which was very much capable of reaching all of the United States.
At the summit in Singapore on 2018, there was a much reassuring dialogue between the two parties which promised of lasting peace and also of North Korea agreeing “to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
A US State Department official said that North Korea is “threatening to conduct an escalated provocation, refusing to meet to discuss denuclearization, and continuing to maintain and advance its prohibited weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.”
The animosity seems to be picking up with a latest update from Pyongyang that these testing efforts are aimed at restraining and overpowering US’ nuclear threats. It is evident that things seem to be worsening in the North Korea-US scenario, and that the situation might even return to what it was two years ago where there were signs of an impending war between the two parties.
Whether subtle diplomacy can solve these issues remains to be questionable, but this war of nuclear power cannot result well for either party. We hope that an agreement of some sort can be reached at least, and that these test suspension attempts go as planned.