19 August, 2017
Kim Jong-un, earlier this week, chose to put the missile attack plans on hold "in order to defuse the tensions" with the U.S., adding he wanted to watch how the U.S. behaves a little more before launching the offensive. "The alternative would be disastrous and unacceptable." wrote the owner of the White house.
But afterwards, according to KCNA, he chose to postpone the operation to "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees" and not to go ahead unless the U.S. commits more "reckless actions".
Moon has repeatedly urged North Korea not to "cross the red line" but had not previously elaborated what that would constitute. Being mindful that it has been North Korea's strategy for years to use conventional military threats to extract economic aid.
Kim said the U.S. should make the right choice "in order to defuse the tensions and prevent the unsafe military conflict on the Korean Peninsula".
Now, the USA and North Korea may be signalling that they want to talk more constructively, while China is telling the two countries to "hit the brakes" on threatening words and actions in a sign of growing concern over the standoff on the part of Pyongyang's only major ally.
Japan conducted air maneuvers with US bombers southwest of the Korean Peninsula yesterday involving two US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flying from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam and two Japanese F-15 jet fighters, Japan's Air Self Defense Force said.
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The top US military officer says the United States wants to peacefully resolve a deepening standoff with North Korea but is also ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities in case of provocation.
The North Korean leader was last seen attending the "successful" test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 31.
He said he could seriously consider dispatching a special envoy to Pyongyang if it helped improve inter-Korean ties and resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.
But he says North Korea still has a ways to go.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday there would be no military action without Seoul's consent and his government would prevent war by all means.
Trump called the decision "wise and well reasoned".
Mattis, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and their Japanese counterparts discussed North Korea at a meeting in Washington on Thursday.