Kim appeared to blink on Tuesday, seemingly stepping back from a prior threat to fire at Guam.
From Daily Caller:
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un decided Tuesday not to fire ballistic missiles at Guam, reserving the right to change his mind if “the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions,” according to North Korean state media.
Kim appears to be attempting to de-escalate tensions to prevent conflict between the U.S. and North Korea. After the U.N. Security Council approved tougher sanctions against North Korea for its intercontinental ballistic missile tests, the North warned Wednesday that it was considering launching a salvo of ballistic missiles into waters around Guam in a show of force demonstrating an ability to surround the island with “enveloping fire.” That same day, President Donald Trump stressed that North Korean threats will be met with “fire and fury like nothing the world has ever seen.” For a week, the two sides hurled threats and warnings at each other repeatedly, leading some observers to conclude that the two sides were close to nuclear war.
Many liberals were outraged with Trump’s tough language, more than they were upset with Kim’s threat to bomb US territory Guam.
But the tough language may have borne fruit.
[Kim said he] “would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,” giving the U.S. time to reassess the situation. “He said that he wants to advise the U.S. to take into full account gains and losses with clear head whether the prevailing situation is more unfavorable for any party.”
“In order to defuse the tensions and prevent the dangerous military conflict on the Korean peninsula, it is necessary for the U.S. to make a proper option first and show it through action,” North Korean state media explained Tuesday. “The U.S. should stop at once arrogant provocations against the DPRK and unilateral demands and not provoke it any longer,” it added. North Korea often presents the cessation of hostilities against it as the terms for de-escalation.
While appearing to back off from firing on Guam, Kim reserved the right to do so should circumstances arise.
Kim said “the latter will make an important decision as it already declared’ if the ‘Yankees’ persist in their language.
That seems a face saving option to cover stepping back from the threat and letting people know it is still on the table if need be.
The Trump administration and the North Koreans have continued back channel discussions.
It looks like a great development if they have backed off.
The Trump administration also needs to ensure that whatever negotiations they engage in aren’t hollow like the Clinton administration efforts.
But positive move!