WH national security adviser on North Korean 'Christmas gift': 'We'll have to wait and see'
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday that the U.S. is still monitoring for North Korea’s promised “Christmas gift,” saying, “We’ll have to wait and see.”
O’Brien said on ABC’s “This Week” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS launches airstrikes targeting Iran-backed militia in Iraq, Syria Trade, interest rates top finance fights for 2020 Five health care fights to watch in 2020 MORE’s strategy of personal diplomacy could have deterred North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnWH national security adviser on North Korean ‘Christmas gift’: ‘We’ll have to wait and see’ North Korea holds political conference before year-end concessions deadline set for US Germans think Trump is more dangerous to world peace than Kim Jong Un and Putin: survey MORE from launching what experts assumed would be a long-range missile test.
“Perhaps he’s reconsidered that, but we’ll have to wait and see,” he said. “We’re going to monitor it closely. It’s a situation that concerns us, of course.”
When asked about the consequences of North Korea continuing long-range missile or nuclear tests, O’Brien said that he did not want to “speculate about what will happen.” But he touted the Trump administration’s handling of North Korean diplomacy.
“I don’t want to speculate about what will happen, but we have a lot of tools in our tool kit, and additional pressure can be brought to bear on the North Koreans,” he said.
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North Korea said the U.S. could choose which “Christmas gift” it would receive as the countries’ denuclearization negotiations stalled before an end-of-the-year deadline imposed by North Korea.
Christmas passed without any incident, although the globe was put on alert by the threat.