As war games end, N. Korea cools fiery rhetoric
SEOUL (AFP) - After weeks of soaring tensions over US-South Korean war games that ended this week, North Korea has toned down its warlike rhetoric in what observers say is a sign that it may now be ready to talk.
Pyongyang had accused the United States of using the two-month joint exercises as a platform for a planned military strike, and reacted furiously to the use of nuclear-capable bombers in the drills.
But after weeks of threats of missile strikes and nuclear war by the North, images of its leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting troops have given way to pictures of his visits to sports events and a health complex with his wife.
"North Korea appears to be taking a breather after its brinkmanship reached fever pitch," said Dongguk University professor Kim Yong Hyun.