President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to comment on North Korea's decision to back down on its threatened attack on the U.S. territory of Guam.
North Korea and the U.S. have been trading threats and displaying shows of strength for weeks. The back and forth culminated in North Korea threatening earlier this month to strike Guam in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, North Korea announced that it was going to put their plans to strike Guam on hold in order to let Washington make the first move. Experts were reportedly unsure whether the communist state was ready to begin de-escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula or if it was just not yet ready to attack.
According to Fox News, however, Kim Jong Un made a public address along with the announcement to stand down from Guam, stating that "if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared.”
Trump tweeted on Wednesday that North Korea's decision to back down was "very wise" and a "reasoned decision." He said that the "alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"
Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017
While it is still unconfirmed as to why North Korea put the threatened attack on hold, Fox News attributed it to Trump's remarks that any threat from North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen."
Additionally, Trump's public tweet that military options were ready to go for North Korea and that the U.S. was "locked and loaded," may have played a part in North Korea's backing down, Fox News said.
In the same vein, Fox News credited remarks by Secretary of Defense James Mattis who said North Korea would be “grossly overmatched” by the military and technological might of the U.S., resulting in “the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
China's statement that it will not come to North Korea’s aid if the communist country starts a fight with the U.S. might also have played a role in Pyongyang's decision.