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As war games end, N. Korea cools fiery rhetoric

Published on May 3, 2013 11:27 AM
 
A South Korean Marine amphibious assault vehicle (centre) motors toward the seashore during a joint landing operation by United States and South Korean Marines in Pohang, 270km south-east of Seoul, on April 26, 2013. 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. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

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.

 
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