President Donald Trump complimented Kim Jong Un of North Korea Wednesday for not following through on threats to launch ballistic missiles at Guam.
“Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!” Trump tweeted.
After a week of escalating rhetoric regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program from both sides, Kim reviewed his military’s plan to rain “enveloping fire” on the U.S. territory Tuesday and decided not to order the attack yet, according to state media.
The Korean Central News Agency reports that Kim will wait and watch “a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees” before proceeding with the demonstration of force.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the two countries to step back from the brink Wednesday.
"The most important task at hand is for the U.S. and North Korea to 'hit the brakes' on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an 'August crisis,'" Wang said in a conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to a statement posted on the Chinese foreign ministry's website.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday, “We continue to be interested in trying to find a way to get to dialogue, but that’s up to (Kim).”