North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a video conference meeting of the ruling party's Central Military Commission, where members decided to suspend the military plans. Kim's sister warned last week of military action against the south.
Kim Yeon-chul, South Korea's point man for relations with the North, resigned over heightened tensions on the peninsula days after Pyongyang blew up its liaison office with the South.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry says the destruction of the building happened in the North Korean border town of Kaesong.
South Korea made the statement after the sister of North Korea's leader warned of retaliatory measures against the country over anger toward defectors sending back propaganda leaflets.
For several days, North Korea has lashed out at South Korea, threatening to close an inter-Korean liaison office and other projects if the South does not stop defectors from sending leaflets and other material into the North.
A meeting chaired by Kim Jong-un also discussed increasing the capabilities for deterring “the threatening foreign forces," according to state media KCNA.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, state media said, ending an absence that triggered global rumors that he was seriously ill.
North Korean media has not reported on Kim Jong-un's whereabouts since he presided over a meeting on April 11, provoking intense speculation about his health.
It is believed that Kim Jong Un has been found in the eastern city of Wonsan amid speculation that his health is failing.
Conjecture over Kim has grown since his conspicuous no-show at April 15 celebrations for the birthday of his grandfather Kim Il Sung, the North's founder – the most important day in the country's political calendar.
Rumours have been circulating about the health status of North Korea's leader, who was last seen in public on April 11 and was not in attendance for the country's most important holiday.
The string of weapons drills come as a prolonged hiatus in disarmament talks with the United States drags on, and despite recent overtures from Washington offering help to contain the pandemic.
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