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story.lead_photo.caption An anti-war activist holds a card during a press conference to demand the peace on the Korean peninsula on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said Wednesday its leader, Kim Jong Un, suspended planned military retaliation against South Korea in an apparent slowing of a pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration.

Last week, North Korea declared that relations with South Korea had fully ruptured. It destroyed an inter-Korean liaison office in its territory and threatened unspecified military action to censure Seoul for a lack of progress in bilateral cooperation and for anti-North Korean leaflets that activists have floated by balloon across the border.

Analysts say North Korea, after deliberately raising tensions for weeks, may be pulling away just enough to make room for South Korean concessions.

In a separate statement, a senior North Korean ruling party official said the future of inter-Korean relations would depend on the South's "attitude and actions."

If Kim Jong Un does eventually opt for military action, he may resume artillery drills and other exercises in front-line areas or have ships deliberately cross the disputed western maritime border between the Koreas, which has been the scene of skirmishes in past years.

However, any action is likely to be measured to prevent full-scale retaliation from the South Korean and U.S. militaries.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim presided by video conference over a meeting Tuesday of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Military Commission, which decided to postpone plans for military action against the South proposed by the North's military leaders.

The news agency didn't specify why the decision was made. It said other discussions included bolstering the country's "war deterrent."

The agency later published a statement by Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the Workers' Party's Central Committee, who ridiculed South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo for his comments during a parliamentary session expressing confidence in the South's military preparedness and urging the North to completely withdraw its threat of military action.

"While this may sound like a threat, it won't be fun [for the South] when our 'postponement' becomes 'reconsideration,"' Kim Yong Chol said.

As North Korea's former top nuclear negotiator, Kim Yong Chol traveled to Washington and met President Donald Trump twice in 2018 while setting up summits with Kim Jong Un.

Yoh Sang-key, spokesman of South Korea's Unification Ministry, said Seoul is "closely reviewing" the North's reports but didn't further elaborate.

A South Korean army soldier passes by a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Kim suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. The Korean letters read: "Strengthening deterrence of war." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A South Korean army soldier passes by a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Kim suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. The Korean letters read: "Strengthening deterrence of war." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Kim suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. The Korean letters read: "Kim suspended military's plans." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Kim suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. The Korean letters read: "Kim suspended military's plans." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Anti-war activists shout slogans during a press conference to demand the peace on the Korean peninsula on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. The sign reads "Let us end the war." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Anti-war activists shout slogans during a press conference to demand the peace on the Korean peninsula on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. The sign reads "Let us end the war." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A man walks in front of a map of railroad and road between two Koreas cities, South's Munsan and North's Kaesong, at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, possibly slowing the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A man walks in front of a map of railroad and road between two Koreas cities, South's Munsan and North's Kaesong, at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, possibly slowing the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A woman walks in front of a directional sign showing the distance to North Korea's Kaesong city and South Korea's capital Seoul near the wire fences decorated with ribbons written with messages wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, possibly slowing the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A woman walks in front of a directional sign showing the distance to North Korea's Kaesong city and South Korea's capital Seoul near the wire fences decorated with ribbons written with messages wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, possibly slowing the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Anti-war activists hold cards after a press conference to demand the peace on the Korean peninsula on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. The sign reads "Let us end the war." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Anti-war activists hold cards after a press conference to demand the peace on the Korean peninsula on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. The sign reads "Let us end the war." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A woman holding an umbrella in rain, walks near the wire fences decorated with ribbons written with messages wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, possibly slowing the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A woman holding an umbrella in rain, walks near the wire fences decorated with ribbons written with messages wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, possibly slowing the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A woman walks near the wire fences decorated with ribbons written with messages wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, possibly slowing the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A woman walks near the wire fences decorated with ribbons written with messages wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, possibly slowing the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
FILE - In this undated file photo provided on Sunday, May 24, 2020, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in North Korea. Kim suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, June 24, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
FILE - In this undated file photo provided on Sunday, May 24, 2020, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in North Korea. Kim suspended his military's plans to take unspecified retaliatory action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, June 24, possibly slowing a pressure campaign against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
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