North Korea U-turns on bellicose threats, but reconciliation still elusive

North Korea could have changed tack due to concern that further provocations could backfire.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL - In a surprise U-turn ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pulled the brakes on weeks of bellicose threats on Tuesday (June 23) and suspended military action plans against South Korea.

The regime also removed propaganda loudspeakers reinstalled three days ago along the border and withdrew anti-Seoul articles that appeared in the local media.

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