After Trump Threats, Did Kim Jong Un Just Blink? Or Wink?

After North Korea's military presented its leader with detailed plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam, Kim Jong Un made a show of not approving them, at least for now.

In other words, he blinked. Or did he? 

The latest crisis was set in motion when President Trump, speaking to reporters on Aug. 8, said "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," Trump told reporters during an event at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club.

North Korea announced two days later that it was drawing up plans to fire missiles in the direction of Guam, a U.S. territory with more than 160,000 residents. The threat was very specific, down to the exact number of missiles, their flight path over Japan, the number of seconds they would be in the air and how far away from Guam they would land, all just awaiting the execute order from Kim.

It may have been a bluff, but Trump effectively called it, said Ford O'Connell an adjunct professor at The George Washington University.

"We can debate about whether or not he was actually going to do it, but the fact that he had to change course so quickly is a pretty significant event," O'Connell said.

O'Connell argues it's not just the tough talk from President Trump, who threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang, but equally strong, if less colorful statements from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who warned Kim to "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people."

Read more from Jamie McIntyre at the Washington Examiner

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