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
- 01Timeline: From Washington’s foreign policy moves to South Korea’s leaky border
- 02North Korea’s economy is in a state of catastrophe, but the issue is decades-old
- 03Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council
- 04Japan’s back in the North Korea game, but it faces nearly impossible challenges
- 05Open for business? North Korea can learn a lot from Cuba’s economic reforms
- 06North Korea is fighting to take back control of its economy from the markets
- 07Kim Yo Jong found her own voice, but she’s far from taking North Korea’s throne
- 08North Korea’s tumbling economy hasn’t stopped Kim Jong Un from making more nukes