North Korea warned Americans this week that it will send a “Christmas gift” to the United States, but what kind of surprise we receive on this side of the Pacific will depend on ongoing talks between Washington and the communist nation.

After several lovefests between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, tension with the isolated nation seemed to be easing. Now, as Trump finds himself in hot water at home with seemingly never ending impeachment hearings led by House Democrats, North Korea has increased its saber rattling.

The pressure is on, and now is the time for Trump to show us the kind of deal maker he really is.

The rhetoric between from Pyongyang doesn’t seem promising with Kim calling our leader an “old man bereft of patience” and “heedless and erratic.” But Trump seemed confident — we hope not overly so — in a recent Tweet.

“Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything really,” Trump said.

What that “everything” entails, remains to be seen, and we hope a peaceful solution is in the works. We have been impressed and encouraged by Trump’s work to finally lower the curtain on the Korean War.

The war undoubtedly left its mark in the Pineywoods of East Texas and around the globe.

As we’ve said before, when we hear of the possibility of the decades-old conflict’s end, we think of men like Wadus Herbert Burnaman.

He was born near Etoile in August 1919. During World War II, he’d be held prisoner by Nazis. By the time Korea came, he had risen to the rank of master sergeant. He would never make it home from that mountainous hellscape. On Oct. 13, 1951, he went missing in action in North Korea. He was declared dead on the final day of 1953.

The only local reminder of his fate is a gravestone in Blue Springs Cemetery.

The service of Burnaman and at least seven other Nacogdoches County men who went missing or were killed in the war was not in vain. For their memory, this cruel war should end in a lasting peace.

Rather than think about their continued divisions, we hope Trump and Kim remember all families who suffered because of fighting in the Korean peninsula.

They have waited long enough for an end to this war, and hostilities between our two nations. Don’t make them wait any longer, and don’t start another war in their name.

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