North: Kim suspended action against South for Korean impasse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says its leader, Kim Jong Un, has suspended planned military retaliation against South Korea for stalemated relations and anti-North activism. Analysts say North Korea, after deliberately raising tensions for weeks with threats of military action, may be pulling away just enough to make room for South Korean concessions. If it eventually opts for military action, it could resume artillery drills and other exercises in front-line areas or its ships could cross the disputed western sea border. But North Korea’s actions are likely to be measured to prevent full-scale retaliation from the South Korean and U.S. militaries.