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.
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