'Kim Jong-un may gift beautiful vase instead': Donald Trump downplays North Korea's 'Christmas gift' missile rumours

President Donald Trump has said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be planning to give him a nice present such as a beautiful vase for Christmas rather than a missile launch.

The Associated Press December 25, 2019 14:10:21 IST
'Kim Jong-un may gift beautiful vase instead': Donald Trump downplays North Korea's 'Christmas gift' missile rumours
  • Donald Trump has said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-n may be planning to give him a nice present for Christmas rather than a missile launch

  • The North has threatened to take unspecified action if sanctions are not eased by the end of the year

  • Nuclear talks between the US and North Korea have been stalled since a February summit between Trump and Kim fell apart

Palm Beach: President Donald Trump has said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may be planning to give him "a nice present" such as a "beautiful vase" for Christmas rather than a missile launch. The president was asked what he will do if North Korea does conduct a long-range missile test.

The North has threatened to take unspecified action if sanctions are not eased by the end of 2019, and speculation has centered on the possibility of a new missile test, possibly of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. The North has said that its "Christmas gift" to the United States will depend on Washington's actions.

Kim Jongun may gift beautiful vase instead Donald Trump downplays North Koreas Christmas gift missile rumours

File image of US President Donald Trump. AP

Trump, who is in Florida for the holidays, had just finished thanking service members from each branch of the military via satellite when he was asked about North Korea. He opted for a wait-and-see approach. "Maybe it's a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test," Trump said on Tuesday. "I may get a nice present from him. You don't know. You never know.”

Nuclear talks between the US and North Korea have been stalled since a February summit between Trump and Kim fell apart. A new satellite image of a factory where North Korea makes military equipment used to launch long-range missiles shows the construction of a new structure.

In New York, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric was asked whether Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had a message for Kim on Christmas Eve regarding a "Christmas gift".

"Our message is to the leadership of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to work for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and to resume working level talks with the United States. Diplomatic engagement is the only pathway to sustainable peace and complete denuclearisation and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula," Dujarric said.

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