North Korea’s ominous threat to deliver a “Christmas gift” to the U.S. appears to have come and gone, with no reports of military action by Pyongyang as of late Wednesday, Christmas Day.  This news comes after a North Korean official earlier this month had accused U.S. negotiators of trying to buy time without offering solutions as the U.S. and North Korea worked to reach a nuclear agreement. The official added that such inaction meant that the U.S. was essentially choosing to receive an unspecified gift from North Korea.  

Ri Thae Song said Dec. 3.: “The dialogue touted by the U.S. is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep [North Korea] bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the U.S;. What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get.”

As of Wednesday night there were no reports of North Korean missile tests or hostile actions. Pyongyang is 14 hours ahead of Washington, D.C. The Pentagon declined to comment on Wednesday.

U.S. officials bracing after North Korea’s ominous warning of a ‘Christmas gift’


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