After several weeks of rising tensions and ever-present threats of violence, both North and South Korea might finally be ready to start slowly backing away from each other without firing any shots. The last two days have looked a little bit like a cool down period, with the threats from the North becoming slightly less belligerent and chatter on both sides leaning toward a cease and desist.
Not that tensions have completely been erased or their threats ended. You can't shut off that spigot overnight. The North's official news site is still talking tough, but it seems to have made a subtle shift from "we're definitely gone unleash some fire on you" to "don't give us a reason to unleash some fire on you." Yes, statements like "Just pressing the button will be enough to turn the strongholds of the enemies into the sea of fire" sound pretty menacing, but the North also followed that up by saying they will "carry on production and construction till midnight today and have children taught at schools even though a war might break out tomorrow." So they still could blow up the world (or a small part of the ocean), but they are admitting they don't really have to and could still feel okay about themselves if they don't.