Washington and Pyongyang have been in talks for months about denuclearization, those talks have recently come to a standstill. Yesterday Pyongyang said if the U.S. doesn’t ease up on demands they could receive an ‘un-wanted Christmas gift.’
What do these ominous comments really mean no one knows. It may mean North Korea will resume its long-distance missile tests. The country’s self-imposed deadline is creeping up. They are in negotiations with the Trump administration pertaining to nuclear weaponry.
What Korea Is Saying
Those talks have hit a wall in recent months. North Korea has conducted several shorter-range missile tests over the last few weeks.
The first vice minister at the North Korean Foreign Ministry Ri Thae Song who is working on US affairs had some things to say. First off he has accused US policy makers of leveraging the talks with Kim Jong Un for domestic political gain.
“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.”
“It is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select to get.”
Fourth of July 2017, North Korea test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile as a patriotic gift towards the US. which in turn caused a month-long tension filled standoff between the two countries.
The next few weeks shall determine if Washington’s ‘Christmas Gift’ turns out to be just as volatile.
Duyeon Kim, senior advisor on Northeast Asia and nuclear policy to the international Crisis Group had this to say about the situation.
“It’s hard to predict because it could go either way. It really depends on the circumstances and the situation, which will better inform how North Korea reacts.”
Kim’s Back On The Saddle
The same day North Korea decided to hold the meeting, KCNA published dozens of photographs. The pictures
Legend has it Mount Paektu was the birth place of Dangun, the mythical founder of Korea’s first kingdom nearly 4,000 years ago.
It is also believed that Kim II Sung, Kim Jong-Un’s grandfather and founding father of North Korea led a cavalry unit against Japan from a base on the mountain.
In the photos Kim is rocking a jacket similar to the one his grandfather used to wear.
(Cover photo courtesy of defense aviation, videos courtesy of YouTube CNA and Newsy, source CNN)