Is the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un backing down in order to allow 'common sense' prevail?

Even though he has suspended the strike, he warned the provocative move would go ahead in the event of further “reckless actions” by the Yankees.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said Kim was briefed on the “plan for an enveloping fire at Guam” during an inspection on Monday of the Strategic Force command in charge of the nuclear-armed state’s missile units.

But Kim said he would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees” before executing any order.

If they “persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula,” then North Korea would take action “as already declared,” he was quoted as saying.

“In order to defuse the tensions and prevent the dangerous military conflict on the Korean peninsula, it is necessary for the US to make a proper option first,” he added.

Some analysts suggested Kim’s comments opened a possible path to de-escalating a growing crisis fueled by a bellicose war of words between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership.

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