President Donald Trump said Tuesday, Dec. 24, 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, according to The Associated Press.
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 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.
“Oh that’s OK, we’ll find out what the surprise is and we’ll deal with it very successfully,” Trump told reporters when asked about how he would respond to whatever North Korea has planned.
“Let’s see what happens. Everybody’s got surprises for me, but let’s see what happens. I handle them as they come along,” the president continued.
When asked what would be his action if North Korea conducts a missile test.
“We’ll see what happens,” President Trump said. “Maybe it’s a nice present. Maybe it’s a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test.”
“I may get a nice present from him. You never know,” he said.
In New York, U.N. 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 denuclearization and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Dujarric said, The Associated Press reported.
Include reporting from the Associated Press