North Korea has suspended plans for a “military action” against South Korea, according to state media.
There has been rising tensions between the two countries in recent weeks as groups in the South planned to fly propaganda leaflets over the border.
There had been threats by the North to send troops in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) to the intra-Korean border.
But during a meeting, chaired by leader Kim Jong-un, state media has said that the decision was taken to suspend military action.
The Central Military Commission took its decision after having taken what he calls the prevailing situation into consideration.
His sister, Kim Yo-jong, had given orders to the army over a week, stating that it would be “decisively perform the following action” in part because of what Pyongyang said was Seoul’s failure to stop the sending of militant anti-regime leaflets over the border attached to balloons.
Why has there been a recent escalation of tensions?
Since 2018 thaw cycles, long rivals had made efforts to improve links and maintain dialogue.
But the relationship seemed to be deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks.
In part, the spat is on the South Korean defector groups sending leaflets into the North.
Generally sent into the country via balloons, they are usually concerned with the leaflets, USB keys or Dvd’s with the criticism of the Pyongyang regime, as well as the South-Korean stories or Korean dramas.
All of this aims to break the North of the internal control of the information with the hope that people might eventually topple the regime from inside.
The North supports the leaflets of the breach of an agreement between the two countries to avoid the confrontation.
The South Korean government has already tried to stop the groups from sending leaflets across the border, in support of their actions for the residents in the vicinity of the border at risk.
Earlier this month, North Korea cut off all inter-Korean communication lines with the South, including a direct line between the two nations ‘ leaders.
On Friday, North Korea has blown the Inter-Korean Liaison Office, on its side of the border, which was set up two years ago to ensure a regular dialogue between the two countries.
Kim Yo-jong threats of military action, without more details – escalating tensions even further.
However, the tone of Tuesday’s meeting in North Korea seems to indicate a de-escalation in the rhetoric.
The meeting also reviewed documents describing the measures to be taken to “further strengthen the war deterrent of the country,” the state news agency KCNA reported.
At the beginning of the year, Kim Jong-un said that he would put an end to the suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests put in place during negotiations with the united states.