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
- 01How sanctions failed to stop North Korea from developing dangerous weapons tech
- 02‘Growing scope’ of North Korean nuclear weapons shown in unpublished UN report
- 03Photos: Shops, restaurants and Sinuiju port – a view from Dandong in July
- 04Timeline: From multiple Kim Jong Un appearances to defector ‘suspected’ of COVID
- 05Why Lee In-young may be the most vocal and successful unification minister yet
- 06North Korean ships spotted returning to old coal smuggling routes near Vietnam
- 07North Korea in July 2020: a month in review and what’s ahead
- 08North Korea’s first suspected COVID-19 case sparks joy and censorship in China