Volte-face: What explains Kim Jong Un’s sudden change of heart?
North Korea seems to be adopting a wait-and-see stance towards the South
North Korean media reported on Wednesday that a preliminary meeting of the 7th Workers’ Party of Korea Central Military Commission (CMC) was held the previous day. There, Kim Jong Un declared the deferral of anti-South military action plans that North Korea had been threatening for several days prior.
The CMC decision marks a significant change of course for Pyongyang. Throughout June, aggressive rhetoric flowed from the pen of Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, turning North Korea’s plans for military escalation into headline news.
Last week, in the first major action of the crisis
- 01Kim Jong Un’s teary-eyed speech shows North Korea is in a dire situation
- 02North Korea’s new foreign minister may switch tactics after the US elections
- 03No mandate: Will the UN Panel of Experts disappear in the future?
- 04How Chinese netizens and state media reacted to North Korea’s giant new ICBM
- 05What the World Food Programme doesn’t know about North Korean agriculture
- 06What North Korea’s October military parade means for US policymakers
- 07North Korea’s sophisticated cyberattacks signal desperation — not aspiration
- 08Missiles, guns and camo: A look at North Korea’s entire military parade lineup