Over the course of two years, there was a significant change in the percentage of Americans who fear North Korea's nuclear program, according to Pew Research Center. The study, conducted July 10 to 15, polled more than 1,500 adults.
In 2017, 75 percent of Americans were afraid of North Korea’s nuclear program. Two years later, that number decreased by 22 percent, with 53 percent saying they saw the program as a “major threat” to the U.S.
North Korea started nuclear and missile tests in 2017, intensifying tensions with the United States. By September of that year, North Korea had conducted their sixth nuclear test, leading some to fear a war would erupt.
Tensions died down in June 2018 when President Donald Trump met with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un and they agreed to the “full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
However, North Korea wants to discuss nuclear arms once more. If a conversation about nuclear arms was not reopened by December 31, North Korea warned the U.S. they might not like the "Christmas gift" they receive, USA Today reported on December 3.
North Korea "has done everything transparently and openly so far. It feels no need to hide what it will do from now on and therefore, reminds the U.S. once again that the year-end time limit comes nearer," Ri Thae Song, a vice foreign minister in charge of U.S. affairs, said: "What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get."