North Korea suspends plan to attack Guam

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly put on hold his plans to fire missiles towards the territory in Guam, despite receiving a briefing from top military officials on how the attack may be carried out.

But he warned the Americans that “he could still order a missile launch aimed at the seas around Guam if the US carried out further provocations”, The Guardian reports.

The announcement from Pyongyang came after US Defence Secretary James Mattis “warned that any attack by North Korea could quickly escalate into war”, reports the BBC.

Mattis said the US military would defend the country “from any attack, at any time and from any quarter”, but he also said “you don’t shoot at people in this world unless you want to bear the consequences”.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who yesterday expressed confidence that “the US will respond to the current situation in a calm and responsible manner”, said today that he and not Donald Trump would have the final say on any US attack against North Korea.

“Military action on the Korean Peninsula can only be decided by South Korea and no one else can decide to take military action without the consent of South Korea,” he told CNN.

 

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