North Korea Threatens Trump with Surprise ‘Christmas Gift’
North Korea is back at it again, issuing its threats toward the United States. Tuesday, the North Korean foreign ministry stated, according to the Korean Central News Agency, “Washington would decide what Christmas gift it would receive if the United States fails to change its hostile policies on denuclearization before the end of the year.” North Korea has violated UN regulations on several occasions this year, and the one the US and the UN are most concerned about is the denuclearization of North Korea. So far, this has not been done, but negotiation is still in its entirety.
Ri Thae Song, the vice minister of foreign affairs for North Korea and head of relations with the US, is ringing the bell for the end of the year deadline. He is calling the talks “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.” His reference to North Korea is the formal name of the country, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Ri also stated, “The DPRK has done its utmost with maximum perseverance not to backtrack from the important steps it has taken on its own initiative. 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.”
Over the last several months, North Korea has been completing more missile tests and other military tactics to add pressure in getting what they want. In February of this year, talks had hit a brick wall when President Trump said he was not going to remove sanctions to allow North Korea to surrender its nuclear program. No one wants North Korea with nuclear capabilities simply because the world cannot fully trust them to keep their word, and it is not the safest bet.
Kim Jong Un put the deadline for the US to remove the sanctions and claimed they would be looking for “a new path” if the pressure continues from the US. Recently last month in Sweden, negotiations faltered as they still would not comply with the UN and the US’s request to denuclearize.
There was no clarification as to what “Christmas gift” meant by the foreign minister. A news editor, Vincent Lee from Reuters, tweeted what the possibilities are. They included “satellite launch, an outright ICBM test, an SLBM test far from the Korean Peninsula or a nuclear test. Lee added this last one as a joke, but there is nothing funny about the situation, “Siphoning funds from President Trump’s re-election campaign and affiliated Super PACs (Well OK maybe not this).”
Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan gave a hint in a November 18 statement North Korea was not interested in any more talks unless a valid deal could be made before the deadline. President Trump tweeted urging Kim to “act quickly, get the deal done. See you soon!”
The statement put out by Gwan read, “Three rounds of DPRK-US summit meetings and talks were held since June last year, but no particular improvement has been achieved in the DPRK-US relations. The US only seeks to earn time, pretending it has made progress in settling the issue of the Korean Peninsula. We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us. As we have got nothing in return, we will no longer gift the US president with something he can boast of, but get compensation for the successes that President Trump is proud of as his administrative achievements.”
North Korea continues to push the buttons to test the world’s patience. Just last week, two more missiles were tested on Thanksgiving Day as another warning of the deadline placed by the nation. A former CIA analyst on North Korea, Sue Mi Terry, stated what she believes is happening with North Korea, “The North Koreans’ plan is to stall: show up, talk, break off talks. And while they play this game, they are improving and expanding their nuclear and missile programs.”
North Korea is nothing more than a bully. This is the simple tactic every bully pulls when they want to get something and have it their way. The US and President Trump do not work this way. There is mass skepticism in how this may all play out over the next few weeks, but in the end, it may take standing up to the bully to make them finally back down.