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
- 01North Korea in June 2020: a month in review and what’s ahead
- 02Some progress on long-stalled Pyongyang housing blocks under new campaign
- 03Sitting above rank: the rise of Ri Pyong Chol, Pak Jong Chon, and the military
- 04Secret partner: North Korean in Thailand behind network of money-making entities
- 05North Korean think tank statement shows focus on U.S. ‘hostile policy’ prevails
- 06Volte-face: What explains Kim Jong Un’s sudden change of heart?
- 07North Korea’s Central Military Commission: Kim Jong Un promotes a new generation
- 08Motivations for mass leafleting: What next for inter-Korean tensions?