North Korea's Kim Jong Un appears to ease rhetoric

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Kim on Tuesday hinted he would hold off on the missile strike, saying he would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees spending a hard time of every minute of their miserable lot".

His comment came a day after North Korea suspended its plan to fire ballistic missiles toward the US territory of Guam.

If North Korea fires missiles deemed to be a threat to Guam, "then it's game on, and we will try and do our best to make sure it does not hit the United States", Mattis said.

America has "no interest" in regime change in Pyongyang or the accelerated reunification of the two Koreas, two top U.S. officials said in a message calibrated to cool last week's heated rhetoric.

The Pentagon chief warned that war could break out if North Korea were to fire a missile at the United States.

Trump's remark came after Kim said Tuesday that he would watch Washington's behavior "a little more", but it will make an "important" decision if the US continues its "extremely unsafe reckless actions".

In a meeting with top aides at the presidential Blue House, Moon said South Korea would work to safeguard peace on the peninsula in cooperation with the United States and other countries. Analysts said that a wide swath of the continental United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, could be within reach of those missiles, once perfected.

North Korea has warned it was considering a plan to launch four ballistic missiles to land in the sea just outside Guam.

Tensions between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea got a break on Tuesday as Koreans celebrated a holiday known as "Liberation Day". He said USA surveillance would know if the missiles would hit land within moments of them being fired.

About 7,000 US military personnel and their families are on Guam, an unincorporated USA territory with a total population of 170,000. It is up to North Korea, however, to first demonstrate that it is serious about denuclearization, he said.

The announcement comes soon after China made a decision to put more pressure on North Korea by banning the country's imports, including coal, iron and seafood, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Early last week, the North Korean military's announcement of the planned missile test brought strong condemnation from world leaders.

"Our government will put everything on the line to prevent another war on the Korean Peninsula", Moon said.

He also sought to reassure residents of Guam, home to USA military bases and about 160,000 people, that they were well-protected and if a missile was sacked, "we'll take it out".

President Trump last week said the US military was "locked and loaded" for action against North Korea and could engulf the North in "fire and fury".

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