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Kim Jong Un has softened his stance in the war of words with America after backing down from a military strike on Guam.

The North Korean leader has decided against attacking the US territory after being briefed on his country’s military plans to launch missiles.

During an inspection of the army’s strategic forces, Kim praised the military for drawing up a “close and careful plan”, just days after the Korean People’s Army announced it is preparing to create “enveloping fire” near the US military hub in the Pacific.

However, despite ruling out a strike for now, Kim said he would watch the “foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees” a little more before deciding whether to give the order for the missile test.

He said North Korea will conduct the planned missile launches if the “Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and its vicinity” and that the US should “think reasonably and judge property” to avoid shame.

What was North Korea saying last week?

The Korean People’s Army’s strategic forces said last week it would finalise by mid-August a plan to fire four intermediate ballistic missiles near Guam, which is about 2,000 miles from Pyongyang, and send it to Kim for his approval.

It came after Donald Trump promised “fire and fury” if North Korea continued their threats against the United States.

He added: “He [Kim Jong Un] has been very threatening beyond a normal state and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

Pyongyang said they were “finalising plans” for a proposed attack, with the final decision resting with Kim Jong Un.

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