Kim Jong Un reportedly consulted with senior military officials about his plans to fire missiles towards Guam.
Embracing this opportunity may be hard for the Trump Administration, as they've rejected previous diplomatic overtures originating from China and South Korea primarily on the grounds that they're diplomatic in nature.
If the US persists and tests the North's "self-restraint", the ambassador said his country will "make a crucial decision as it had already declared". He says the "North Korean nuclear program should absolutely be solved peacefully, and the (South Korean) government and the US government don't have a different position on this".
S Korea President Moon urges calm on North, says war unthinkable
Kim on Monday inspected North Korea's army and received a briefing on its plans to fire missiles near Guam, official media said. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, frequently a critic of the president, said he supported his approach to North Korea so far.
The U.S. and South Korea kick off planned biannual military exercises Monday in South Korea.
Furthermore, China has slowly started to make it clear to North Korea that if they provoke a confrontation with the United States, they can expect fierce retaliation from us and that China will not necessarily come to their defense. Each year, the exercises expand slightly, and each year, North Korea issues threats in response. But as North Korea is expected to ideal its thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic technology within a few short years, it's hard to imagine it caving to United States pressure now.
On Tuesday South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the United States should not act unilaterally.
Yesterday, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen Joseph Dunford, continued a visit to China following talks the day before with his Chinese counterpart that touched on North Korea.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke of bolstering military capabilities to respond to North Korea's "unacceptable behavior". Even worse, Trump may interpret Kim's decision to back down as proof that his own belligerent rhetoric is what produced this current moment of calm.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters in Chile on Wednesday that "all options" remained on the table with regards to North Korea, and he called on Latin American nations to break ties with Pyongyang.