‘Christmas Gift’ threat: US aviation agency warns commercial airlines about North Korea missile launch

'Christmas Gift' threat: US aviation agency warns commercial airlines about North Korea missile launch

BREAKING: US aviation authorities issued a warning for commercial airlines about the possibility of a North Korea missile launch amid a “Christmas gift” threat.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the alert “warning of longer-range missile test launches prior to the end of 2019, or in the early part of 2020.”

North Korea is planning to adopt a hard-line policy toward the United States that involves taking denuclearization off the table, a source familiar with the North Korean leadership’s said.

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The source said this new policy is likely the so-called “Christmas gift” floated by a top North Korean official earlier this month, saying the Trump administration was running out of time on nuclear negotiations, and it was up to the U.S. to choose what “Christmas gift” it gets from Pyongyang.

Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Friday that the U.S., Japan, and South Korea are ready to defend against any move by the North.

“We always maintain very high levels of readiness,” he said.