Trump says N. Korea may give him ‘nice Christmas gift’ instead of missile launch
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Trump says N. Korea may give him ‘nice Christmas gift’ instead of missile launch

Kim Jong Un has threatened to take unspecified action if sanctions are not eased by year’s end; speculation has centered on possibility of nuclear warhead test

US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. (Saul LOEB/AFP)
US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. (Saul LOEB/AFP)

PALM BEACH (AP) — US President Donald Trump said Tuesday 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.

North Korea has threatened to take unspecified action if sanctions are not eased by the end of the year, and speculation has centered on the possibility of a new missile test, possibly of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

North Korea has said that its “Christmas gift” to the United States will depend on Washington’s actions.

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. “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.

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