North Korea has suspended plans for “military action” against South Korea, according to state media.
Recent weeks saw a rising tide of angry rhetoric from the North over activist plans to send leaflets with anti-North Korean messages over the border.
Last week the North blew up the joint liaison office and also threatened to send troops to the border area.
But at a meeting chaired by leader Kim Jong-un, state media said the decision was taken to suspend military action.
The Central Military Commission made its decision after taking what it called the “prevailing situation” into consideration.
The North also began to dismantle loudspeakers it had erected only last week, traditionally used to blast anti-South Korean messages over the border, Yonhap reported.
It represents a notable de-escalation in rhetoric after Mr Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong’s orders to the army to “decisively carry out the next action”. – in part because of what Pyongyang said was Seoul’s failure to stop activists floating balloons with anti-regime leaflets over the border.