US braced for ‘Christmas gift’ missile launch by North Korea

The US is closely monitoring North Korea for a threatened “Christmas gift” missile launch or nuclear test.

The move would end Pyongyang’s self-imposed weapons test moratorium and heighten tensions in the region.

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper
Image:US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says he is familiar with North Korea’s ‘bluster’

It would also deal a major blow to one of Donald Trump’s key foreign policy goals, which aimed to draw North Korea into talks on scrapping its nuclear arsenal.

Earlier this month, the authoritarian regime conducted what the US said was an engine test.

Officials fear it could signal the possible launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the coming days or weeks.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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