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Kim Jong-un has delayed the firing of missiles towards the US territory of Guam

So, as we all know by now, we appear to be on the brink of a nuclear war that will wipe us all out and leave pretty much the entire population of earth, dead. However, while the picture over the last few weeks has been painted with the brushes of doom and gloom, today we have been delivered some fantastic news: nuclear war isn't happening... yet.

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North Korean leader and all round hellraiser Kim Jong-un, sat down this week and reviewed plans to fire missiles towards the US territory of Guam, before deciding that it would probably be best to hold off.

Although state media says that North Korea is prepared for "the enveloping fire at Guam" it also says that Kim Jong-un will watch what "the foolish Yankees" do before making their decision on how to go about the missile launch.

The latest reports suggest that there will be a pause in the increasingly bitter rhetoric that has been traded between to the two sides over the last few weeks, something I think we will all be glad of.

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Meanwhile, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, has urged the US not to begin any attack on the Korean peninsula without the consent of the South, saying: "no one may decide to take military action without the consent" of the South.

According to the report that appeared on state news agency KCNA, Kim Jong-un "examined the plan for a long time" and discussed it in great detail with senior military officials. The news agency also reiterated several times that North Korea is ready to launch a missile, and that the commander of North Korea's strategic force was now waiting for orders "after rounding off the preparations for the enveloping fire at Guam".

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It is being widely reported that after weeks of threats and insults, Kim Jong-un may be in the mood to finally hit pause on the planned military action. The only problem with this is, is that given how secretive North Korea are, no one can ever really be sure of their next move. However, several analysts believe that Pyongyang is not actually ready to deploy any missiles, so it could be using this as a smokescreen to buy more time.

The latest comments coming out of the US are that the country is ready for war should it arise. Defence Secretary James Mattis warned that any attack would quickly escalate, and if Pyongyang fired a missile towards Guam, "then it's game on".

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Mattis told reporters that the residents of Guam were well protected and that they don't need to worry about a missile being fired as "we'll take it out". He also said that the US military was ready to defend the country "from any attack, at any time and from any quarter".

Hopefully the latest development means that we will have a period of calm, which I think we could all use. I don't know about you, but I think it's crazy that we're talking about a potentially fatal war, and the politicians involved are goading each other, saying things like "foolish yankees" and "it's game on." Sorry, guys, but this isn't a game!