Timeline: from “Christmas gift” to North Korean party plenum
NK Pro timeline charts the key events from December 1 - December 30
December 2019 started with a rise in tension when the DPRK foreign ministry warned of an unspecified “Christmas gift” for the U.S. ahead of the expiration of Kim Jong Un’s year-end deadline.
Following up with two subsequent rocket engine tests at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, the stage was set for a number of government and independent observers to forewarn of the possibility of a possible North Korean ICBM test to coincide with Christmas.
However, Christmas day eventually passed with neither weapons testing nor the issuance of any notable anti-American rhetoric.