Selin ATAY-TDO-President Donald Trump said Tuesday that North Korea’s cryptic “Christmas gift” to the U.S. may be a “beautiful vase” - rather than a missile test,
Trump, speaking to reporters after finishing a Christmas Eve video call with U.S. troops from his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, joked about the nuclear-armed dictatorship’s rhetoric even with the threat of a long-range missile test looming over the apparent tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said when asked what he would do if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does decide to test a new long-range projectile.
“Maybe it’s a nice present. Maybe it’s a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test,” he said. “I may get a vase. I may get a nice present from him. You don’t know. You never know.”
Ri Thae Song, North Korea’s vice minister of foreign affairs in charge of U.S. affairs, said Dec. 3 that the U.S. “year-end limit” was drawing near, and “it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get,” according to KCNA. It was not clear what the “limit” was referring to. But Kim had said in an April speech that he would wait until the end of this year for the Trump administration to change its approach to denuclearization talks with Pyongyang.