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Kim Jong-un steps back from the brink

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Kim Jong-un steps back from the brink

<p>Kim Jong-un’s decision to step back from the brink has been welcomed as a sign of easing tensions in the crisis over North Korea.</p> <p>Pyongyang won’t fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam for now, state media says, instead putting the ball back in America’s court.</p> <p>The crisis was discussed in Beijing where China’s military hosted Joseph Dunford, the United States top general.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sr. Chinese military official Tue pledged to work through difficulties in military relations btw China and the US: China's Defense Ministry <a href="https://t.co/BQw5yxAoCa">pic.twitter.com/BQw5yxAoCa</a></p>— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) <a href="https://twitter.com/PDChina/status/897505615257513985">15 août 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>Washington is putting pressure on China to do more to rein in its ally, North Korea.</p> <p>Beijing urged all sides in the standoff to help “put out the flames” and not add fuel to the fire.</p> <p>Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying called for “restraint,” and “decisive, correct and responsible decisions… to help peacefully resolve the Korean peninsula issue”.</p> <p>Pyongyang’s plans to fire missiles near Guam prompted a surge in tensions in the region last week, with US President Donald Trump saying the American military was “locked and loaded” if North Korea acted unwisely.</p> <p>North Korea has persisted with its nuclear and missile programmes, to ward off perceived US hostility, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions and sanctions.</p> <p>South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday there would be no military action without Seoul’s consent and his government would prevent war by all means.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">South Korea‘s president signals his country will no longer stay quiet as North Korea tensions escalate <a href="https://t.co/2CJUQXQSgf">https://t.co/2CJUQXQSgf</a> <a href="https://t.co/LEXWvnyTNp">pic.twitter.com/LEXWvnyTNp</a></p>— Bloomberg (@business) <a href="https://twitter.com/business/status/897415205965225985">15 août 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>Relief has been expressed widely at the lowering of tensions. </p> <p>But next week’s joint US-South Korean military drills are sure to infuriate the North and experts are warning it could still go ahead with its provocative plan.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>