in the vicinityVideoUS official says intelligence on North Korea ‘s’ Christmas gift’ threat is cloudy
North Korea already has the test over a dozen short range missiles in the year 2019 after the exam in 2018, and Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon.
North Korea’s vague threats of a possible year-end-provocation – what has been called the regime, a “Christmas gift”, have the analysts and ex-officials push to consider the Trump administration, the harder options in the direction of Pyongyang in the year 2020.
Kim Jong-Un, the regime wants the sanctions eased by the end of the year, and his warnings have led to the speculation that you could test the planning of a new missile, possibly from a inter-continental ballistic missile capable of a nuclear warhead.
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President Trump, asked on Tuesday in Florida, whether he was concerned about a long-to test the rocket, joked that perhaps the dictator is planning a nice gift.
“We’ll see what happens. Let’s see. Maybe it is a nice gift, maybe it’s a gift, where he sends me a beautiful vase, in contrast to a rocket test … you never know,” he said.
A token of appreciation is, of course, unlikely – since nuclear talks stalled summit between Trump and Kim advised after a failed February.
North Korea may be considering several options. Officials say the regime could test instead of to the selection of components for inter-continental ballistic missile, mounted on missiles of shorter range. An official said that the intelligence is “cloudy.”
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.
Gordon Chang, Asia analyst and author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” said, it is unclear what exactly could do, Kim, but it is not “something good.”
He expected that Kim Jong-Un is a new year’s address, saying denuclearization is off the table – and called for Trump to be able to react quickly, if so, with the action on insults.
“The insult is not really going to help,” he told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” referring to the infamous battle of insults between the two again in the year 2017. “What must the United States do, is start at this point, in fact, in order to have robust sanctions.”
Chang said that Kim had not “reciprocated the good-will of the” trump, “so it’s time for President Trump is actually Kim do hurt.” He urged the United States to cut off the flow of money and resources to North Korea to go to countries such as China, the disregard of sanctions.
“I think it is time for President Trump on the bottom of the boom” in North Korea and its sponsors, he said.
In a strident interview, the former trump card-national security adviser John Bolton recently said, Axios, that the administration is not actually the application of the “maximum pressure” on North Korea. He slammed what he described as a “rhetorical politics”, the regime says no nuclear weapons, hits America – and called for tougher measures, when Kim defies the United States
For example, he, the Navy was able to oil and to intercept said illegally sent to North Korea. He has hopes Axios that the United States would say, “let’s go back now and make it clear that in a plurality of steps, together with our allies, if we say that it is unacceptable, we will demonstrate, we will not accept it.”
Former CIA station-chief Daniel Hoffman told Fox News he has “very little doubt” Kim measures in any Form. Hoffman, Fox News contributor, said on “America’s Newsroom” that the administration has three options.
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“The first is the military option, and with a wide range, which may include the resumption of military exercises, some of which we have stopped, it could also be said of the additional deployment of US military personnel, missile defense or even potentially surgical strikes,” Hoffman. “Secondly, you have diplomacy and thirdly, sanctions.”
Hoffman said the U.S. is focused not only on North Korea, but also on the country’s allies, Russia and China “who have made it possible to escape North Korea, these sanctions and made it more difficult for us to press ahead, the maximum economic pressure, which we would have thought the North-to come to Korea to the negotiating table.”
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He said to keep Trump, should open the diplomacy option, but rather consider all available other options – for North Korea, but also China, the situation back on course.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Talia Kaplan, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.