Report: North Korea Backs off Guam Missile Threat

According to a new report, Pyongyang is withdrawing the threat to launch missiles at Guam, the U.S. Pacific territory, The Hill informs. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued a statement, saying he had made a decision not to launch an attack, but suggested it is possible to change his mind.

“If the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the restraint of the DPRK [North Korea], the [North] will make an important decision as it already declared,” Kim said according to the country’s state media, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The statement could help reduce tensions in the region. President Donald Trump escalated his rhetoric after North Korea carried out ballistic missile tests, warning the country that it would face “fire and fury” if it carried on threatening the U.S. and its allies. Pyongyang’s response was threatening to attack Guam and that the attack plan could be ready by mid-August.

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday warned North Korea that if a missile were to hit the U.S. territory that would be treated as an act of war.

“If they shoot at the United States, I’m assuming they hit the United States. If they do that, it’s game on,” he said.

North Korean media reportedly said Kim had made the decision not to fire missiles at Guam after being briefed by his top commanders.

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