Kim Jong-un Calls off Strike on Guam

In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Washington DC time, the President suggested that the North Korean leader had avoided war with the U.S.

"Kim Jong-Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center) gives orders during a visit to the Strategic Rocket Forces headquarters in this picture released by the official [North] Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday.

Korean Central News Agency reported: "He said that the US imperialists caught the noose around their necks due to their reckless military confrontation racket, adding that they would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees".

Kim's decision was widely seen as representing a de-escalation of the tensions that had been building between the US and North Korea for a week.

But North Korean media reported on Tuesday that Kim had delayed the decision while he waited to see what the USA did next.

After days of hostility between the two countries, North Korea, on Tuesday took a step back and eased out the military tensions with the United State (US).

Military drills involving tens of thousands of USA and South Korean troops are due to begin on Monday. However, the USA government said that option was a non-starter and planned to move ahead with joint exercises in South Korea next week.

In the past six months, North Korea has tested 18 missiles, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles.


The Japanese and American foreign policy and defense chiefs discussed the bilateral alliance and responses to North Korea on Thursday at their first Security Consultative Committee meeting since Donald Trump became US president.

Guam officials are taking the latest missive from North Korea as a sign that the rhetoric is calming down.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said last week the U.S. was not ruling out dialogue with Pyongyang, with which Washington does not have diplomatic relations, but that it was not going to negotiate before getting to the negotiating table.

Moon in a speech Tuesday also said resolving the North Korean threat could begin with freezing its nuclear weapons program.

The resolution imposes the toughest sanctions yet on North Korea including banning all exports of coal, iron, lead, and fish and seafood products valued at $1 billion - about a third of the country's total exports.

"The most important task at hand is for the US and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an 'August crisis, '" Wang was quoted as saying in the Tuesday conversation.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford told reporters that President Donald Trump had "told us to develop credible viable military options and that's exactly what we're doing".

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that if it continued to threaten the United States, it would be met with "fire and fury".


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