While it was presumed Pyongyang would conduct an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test around the beginning of the new year, South Korean analysts contend that North Korea reconsidered the launch in an effort to not irritate its ally China amid the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

In December 2019, Pyongyang officials promised the US would receive a “Christmas gift” if Washington did not return to the negotiating table to discuss denuclearization by the end of the year. However, the end of the year came and went, and no talks were had between the two nations, yet – to this day – there has still been no sign of the “gift.”



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