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North Korea says it’s up to U.S. to choose ‘Christmas gift’

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By KIM TONG-HYUNG

North Korea on Tuesday repeated its assertions the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage nuclear negotiations, saying it’s entirely up to the United States to choose what “Christmas gift” it gets from the North.

The statement attributed to a senior diplomat came as North Korea continues to dial up pressure on Washington and Seoul ahead of leader Kim Jong Un’s end-of-year deadline for the U.S. to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal.

Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim and President Donald Trump broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

Working-level talks held in Sweden in October broke down over what the North Koreans described as the Americans’ “old stance and attitude.”

Ri Thae Song, a vice foreign minister handling U.S. affairs, accused Washington of repeating talk offers aimed at buying time without offering real solutions. Ri reiterated earlier North Korean statements that the country has no intentions to continue the nuclear diplomacy unless it gets something substantial in return.

“The dialogue touted by the U.S. is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the D.P.R.K bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the U.S.” Ri’s comments in state media referred to North Korea by its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get.”

Kim has said he would seek a “new path” if the United States persists with sanctions and pressure. The North has tested a series of new solid-fuel missile systems in recent months, which experts say potentially expands its ability to strike targets in South Korea and Japan. It has also threatened to lift a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests and resume launches over Japan.

Kim and Trump exchanged crude insults and war threats amid a provocative run in North Korean nuclear and missile tests in 2017, but both leaders have described their personal relationship as good since they began their high-stakes nuclear summitry in 2018.

After the North tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in July 2017, Kim called the missile a “package of gifts” to the Americans for their Fourth of July holiday.

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North Korea says it’s up to U.S. to choose ‘Christmas gift’

Gotta hand it to the North Koreans, they do indeed have a sense of humor.

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Gawd, this guy is so weird and desperate, he’s now saying delusional things. Lol

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I'll take curtain number 3.

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Gawd, this guy is so weird and desperate, he’s now saying delusional things

where's that NK deal , you know because NK has all those sanctions, love letters from Trump wasted NK summits, trips to Marlago for chocolate cake. Yes there is a lot of delusion going recently but most of it is certainly not coming from NK.

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“The dialogue touted by the U.S. is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the D.P.R.K bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the U.S.”

Gotta hand it to the North Koreans, they do indeed have a sense of perception. Trump's entire foreign policy summed up neatly.

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Ho Ho Ho. I'm starting to believe NK has a sense of humor. Of course, Trump would like nothing better than a rocket in his stocking for Christmas. NK should be very wary of this president during impeachment / elections. He's unlike others.

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where's that NK deal , you know because NK has all those sanctions, love letters from Trump wasted NK summits, trips to Marlago for chocolate cake.

Ok and your point?

Yes there is a lot of delusion going recently but most of it is certainly not coming from NK

Why not? After all, they’re the ones saying nutty things and continue to pester the President to relieve the sanctions, this kind of rhetoric is not going to help Kim.

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Trump wishes he was as beloved, thin, healthy, and smart as Jong Un.

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Trump wishes he was as beloved, thin, healthy, and smart as Jong Un

What? Oh, lol

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DPRK offering a choice.

Like a box of chocolates, wow. Hmmm.... should the U.S. choose 1 or 2?

If you lift all *sanctions first, for our Christmas present we will only fire off our multiple super huge rocket launcher again.

If you do not lift *sanctions we will start testing ICBMs again. Psssttt..........watch this Abe!

*Can anyone explain why DPRK has been hit with such unreasonable and unfair sanctions anyway, peeps?

PS Did we forget to mention that the nuclear path is non-negotiable?

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Can anyone explain why DPRK has been hit with such unreasonable and unfair sanctions anyway, peeps?

North Korea is a rogue state which routinely engages in torture. It is a bad place.

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For anyone in DPRK who may have absent-mindedly forgotten.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctions_against_North_Korea

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For anyone in DPRK who may have absent-mindedly forgotten.

Nobody in NK has access to the Internet.

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Ok and your point?

point is pretty obvious I would think. well obvious for people that dont support Trump

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Why not? After all, they’re the ones saying nutty things and continue to pester the President to relieve the sanctions, this kind of rhetoric is not going to help Kim.

NK has been under sanctions for over 20yrs , still hasnt stopped them making nukes and the missiles to deliver them , how many has he tested under Trump, ive lost count.

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Ok and your point?

That Kim played Donny like a fiddle and Donny capitulated to Kim’s demands to halt the war games and appeased Kim by cancelling the sanctions Treasury wanted to put in place.

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I want some tubby guy creeping down my chimney and dropping a load into my stocking.

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That Kim played Donny like a fiddle and Donny capitulated to Kim’s demands to halt the war games and appeased Kim by cancelling the sanctions Treasury wanted to put in place.

LOL, in what universe did that happen? The CNN bubble seems to have lost all connections to the real world.

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So tell us which sources we should check WilliB. This is the fourth time I've asked you but you always become very coy.

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North Korea says it's up to U.S. to choose 'Christmas gift'

And here we are with this idiotic president who's probably going to send a Christmas card back to this murderous dictator thanking him for his kind offer while another missile tests takes place. What a president!

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LOL, in what universe did that happen? 

The universe in which rational adults live.

The CNN bubble seems to have lost all connections to the real world.

I wouldn’t know what CNN says because I don’t watch it.

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NK has been under sanctions for over 20yrs , still hasnt stopped them making nukes and the missiles to deliver them

And if they’re content to eating grass and bark, that’s on them. Kim will never get what he wants for his country.

Kim is not that smart, he talks tough and gets nothing and zero sanction relief, good lord.

how many has he tested under Trump, ive lost count.

So did I under the previous Presidents.

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How can North Korea be so terrifying yet simultaneously hilarious at the same time?

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Kim Jong-Un opens new city

New city and 'socialist utopia' of Samjiyon for 4,000 families

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/03/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-opens-new-city-and-socialist-utopia-of-samjiyon

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Well, well; what is this? A lovers spat?

Kim: Donnie, we'll give you made up dirt on Biden, you give us Peace treaty - howz that sound?

See, we know how to do quid-pro-quo too... Send over Crazy Rudy and I'm sure we can work a deal...

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Kim the generous christian brother. Merry Christmas to you too!

peace be with you!

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Thank goodness Trump’s game of footsie with the little Commie is going nowhere. I would be more worried if Trump made a deal. We all saw how the US was suckered when Obama knuckled under to the Iranian Mullahs.

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Gawd, this guy is so weird and desperate, he’s now saying delusional things.

I wonder who that reminds the rest of the world of?

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Kim Jong-Un opens new city

Ok and?

We all saw how the US was suckered when Obama knuckled under to the Iranian Mullahs.

Definitely NO lie on that one.

I wonder who that reminds the rest of the world of?

Crazy Nancy and Chuck

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bass4funk

Kim Jong-Un opens new city

Ok and?

and so sanctions didn't prevent him

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oooh, ooh! Can I get a pony, can I get a pony?

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Um no, the rest of the world couldn't care about your political people

The feeling is mutual.

and so sanctions didn't prevent him

1) No one will visit him. I mean, it’s not like every nation will book a flight through Expedia.

2) Kim is the one bugging the crap out of Trump for sanction relief, so if it meant nothing to him, then He wouldn’t have meltdowns like these.

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bass4funk: "Gawd, this guy is so weird and desperate, he’s now saying delusional things. Lol"

Can't tell if you're talking about Trump or his hero (and therefore yours) Kim, since they are two peas in a pod (except that Kim has Trump beaten on intelligence hands down). Either way, I see you've got the nervous "lol" out again. Can't blame you. If I'd invested as much as you have in a man you yourself called a lunatic, I'd be nervous and scared, too.

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or his hero (and therefore yours) Kim,

Not mine.

since they are two peas in a pod (except that Kim has Trump beaten on intelligence hands down).

Yeah, liberals keep saying that and Kim is the one sending out threats and firing missiles and wanting sanction relief, so it would seem not so, especially if you are in the begging position.

Either way, I see you've got the nervous "lol" out again.

No, just think it’s very, very hilarious.

Can't blame you. If I'd invested as much as you have in a man you yourself called a lunatic, I'd be nervous and scared, too.

But I evolved, so....

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“Beware the Greeks bringing gifts.”

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wtfjapanDec. 3 03:48 pm JSTGawd, this guy is so weird and desperate, he’s now saying delusional things

where's that NK deal , you know because NK has all those sanctions, love letters from Trump wasted NK summits, trips to Marlago for chocolate cake. Yes there is a lot of delusion going recently but most of it is certainly not coming from NK.

Awwwwwww, where's the lovey-dovey between Kim and Donnie? Didn't they make that 'historical' moment together at the DMZ this past July 4 (with Donnie's daughter/GF in tow)? And isn't Christmastime supposed to be a time of sharing, good will and love?

Chip StarDec. 3 05:16 pm JSTOk and your point?

That Kim played Donny like a fiddle and Donny capitulated to Kim’s demands to halt the war games and appeased Kim by cancelling the sanctions Treasury wanted to put in place.

Absolutely so. Little Dirtbag Kim has the 'Chosen One' by the tail, it appears. LOL or SMH. Laugh or cry. Take your pick.

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North Korea says it’s up to U.S. to choose ‘Christmas gift’

I can't get the image out of my head of the Rocket man in a Santa hat flying across the world on a nuke decorated with jingle bells and Christmas lights....

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Bass: zero sanction relief

Fake news. Trump cancelled new sanctions.

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Christmas gift? Hmm, peace on earth and goodwill to all. Is that possible, bet President Kim can't do that one.

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@David Varnes

oooh, ooh! Can I get a pony, can I get a pony?

I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!

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You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

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I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!

> You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

Well played, gentlemen.

I double-dog dare Donny to stand up to Kim.

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Kim Jong-Un opens new city

New city and 'socialist utopia' of Samjiyon for 4,000 families

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/03/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-opens-new-city-and-socialist-utopia-of-samjiyon

Wow. That's just great. He opens a damn ski resort that can house a whole 4000 families while millions of his people starve.

I'm not sure what the point of you posting this is. It doesn't show that NK is doing ok, it just shows that Kim is wasting what limited resources he has on building a damn resort. The man is insane.

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Trump: three years in, and he's dropped war games, prevented new sanctions, and has only written "love-letters" with Kim.

He's weak and ineffectual, and is just kicking the problem down the road to the next president.

Weakest president on NK ever. Period.

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and is just kicking the problem down the road to the next president.

To be fair, that is what pretty much every US president in North Korea's history has done.

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Fake news. Trump cancelled new sanctions

And Kim still can’t get the sanction relief he wants that hangs around his neck like an Albatross.

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