North Korea greets U.S. with a “Gift” that never came

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North Korea greets U.S. with a “Gift” that never came

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AnnaBella McGinnis, Reporter

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As the beloved holidays came close, many people were excited to celebrate with gift giving and cheerful parades. While different countries celebrate differently, North Korea did something rather alarming.  On December 3rd, national leaders of North Korea including the Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae Song and Kim Jong Un released a video of him riding a horse, warning the U.S. about a special “Gift” that they plan to send us.  

After receiving the message, the U.S. government stayed on high alert of something catastrophic to come. Along with that, the media went into a complete spur, writing articles that suggest that a catastrophic event will occur any moment. Examples of this would be New York Times “U.S. Braces for Major North Korean Weapon Test as Trump’s Diplomacy Fizzles” and Politicos “Trump careens toward a Christmas crisis with North Korea” However, President Trump gave a calm response to the situation, saying “Maybe it’s present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test,” Trump joked, “I may get a vase. I may get a nice present from him. You don’t know. You never know.” suggesting that maybe we should jump to conclusions. 

Regardless, Christmas passed with no such “Gift” from North Korea month later.  Many people are wondering if and when they will act on their statement. So why haven’t they done anything?  Based on previous actions taken by North Korea, government officials currently believe that he may have been referring his “gift” to another weapon test. Kim Jong Un has a built reputation for testing numerous missiles in an attempt to intimidate the U.S. government.

So far no word has been given by Kim Jong Un himself as to whether or not he ordered same-day shipping.