Kim Jong-un puts Guam missile plan on hold
But the North Korean leader also warned that he would go ahead with the plans should Washington persist in their 'reckless actions'
North Korea is holding off on plans to fire missiles towards Guam.
Leader Kim Jong-un appeared to be backing off from the escalating rhetoric with the United States on Tuesday when he said he would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees" before executing any order.
However, he warned that he would go ahead with the plans should Washington persist in their "reckless actions".
Analysts say Mr Kim's latest comments open the way to de-escalating the growing crisis fuelled by a war of words between president Donald Trump and Pyongyang.
North Korea has threatened to fire a volley of four missiles over Japan towards Guam - a US territory which hosts two large military bases and is home to more than 6,000 military personnel.
Mr Kim was briefed on the "plan for an enveloping fire at Guam" during an inspection on Monday of the strategic force command in charge of the nuclear-armed state's missile units, the official KCNA news agency reported.
If they "persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula," then North Korea would take action "as already declared" he was quoted as saying.
"In order to defuse the tensions and prevent the dangerous military conflict on the Korean peninsula, it is necessary for the US to make a proper option first," he added.
* reporting from the Agence France-Presse
Updated: August 15, 2017 09:01 AM