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Christmas Day Passes without Gift from North Korea

By | Rachel Brooks

Contributor | Telegraph Local 

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Pictured above. A street market in Pyongyang. A people being led into hostility by a belligerent dictator leader. These are the people who will suffer the most should a conflict arise.

Christmas Day 2019 has come and passed. There is no reported missile attack or hostility from North Korea_despite the cryptic promise of a “Christmas gift” from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. That doesn’t mean the threat has passed completely. Citing the New York Post, the US is still taking North Korean precautions. Four US “spy planes” were flowing near the Korean Peninsula in a demonstration. This was a natural progression of caution after Kim Jong-Un’s threat_which was not specified as a missile threat. 



The planes flown near the Korean Peninsula were RC-135W Rivet Joint, E-8C, RQ-4 Global Hawk, and RC 135S Cobra Ball planes. These planes carried out missions near the peninsula between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, citing South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. 


Citing Yonhap News Agency, it is unusual for four US military planes to conduct Korean Penninsula surveillance at the same time. This is an illustration of US concern for the threat. North Korea becomes increasingly “belligerent”.  With the shaky politics in the United States moving into 2020, North Korea may see this as an opportunistic time for hostilities. 


What does the New Year look like for the US and the Korean Peninsula? Will the Trump Impeachment have any effect on North Korean relations? 


The ground is shaky on all things related to North Korea. Citing Fox News, President Trump has been urged to “lower the boom”. This year-end resolution threat from North Korea has prompted analysts and ex-officials to urge Trump toward stiffer Pyongyang policies in 2020. Yet, Mr. Trump had an apparently nonchalant attitude toward the whole thing saying, “We’ll see what happens. Let’s see. Maybe it’s a nice present, maybe it’s a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test, …you never know.” 


Even with the Commander in Chief’s lack of outward concern, the US is not ruling out any threat from North Korea. The nation may become creative with its missile testing. One option is to mount intercontinental ballistics missiles on shorter-range weapons, getting them airborne. 


Yet, intelligence continues to be murky. New satellite images have procured vague images of new testing structures. It is unclear what they will do. The lack of certainty makes the threat more pronounced. 


Global News Canada states that South Korea’s military stands at the ready along with US soldiers. This suggests that both nations are taking the escalating militarization of North Korea gravely. 


China called on the US over the holiday to take immediate action on the North Korea accords, citing Reuters. The agreements have sat on the table in limbo since last year’s summit meeting in Singapore. The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the People’s Daily via Twitter commentary relay the following statement: 


“China calls on the US to take concrete steps asap to deliver what has been agreed in Singapore. We encourage DPRK & US to work out a feasible roadmap for establishing a permanent peace regime and realizing complete denuclearization on the Peninsula.” 


How will the US respond? It remains to be seen. Continue checking back with the Telegraph Local for updates on this developing story. 


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