(ABC) – After months of stalled nuclear negotiations, North Korea promised to deliver the US ‘a Christmas gift.’
The warning is ominous to some, but President Donald Trump is seemingly dismissing those concerns.
Thursday morning, US assets, including a squadron of spy planes, peered into North Korea – looking for signs of a possible missile launch.
The planes, part of a routine mission, reportedly included sophisticated reconnaissance aircraft and a Global Hawk Drone.
Earlier this week, satellite images showed construction activity at North Korean military bases associated with missile production, but President Trump is apparently not worried.
“Maybe it’s a nice present. Maybe it’s a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test,” President Trump said.
President Trump and Kim Jong Un have met three times.
However, with the US unable to negotiate the denuclearization of North Korea, relations with Pyongyang have since soured.
North Korea has tested short-range missiles a dozen times in the past year.
In April, Kim issued an ultimatum demanding the US loosen the stranglehold of economic sanctions by the end of the year – again hinting at a resumption of missile tests.
(This story was originally published on December 26, 2019)