The North Korean state news agency KCNA reports that the country will suspend military action plans against the South after a meeting of the Central Military Commission presided by Kim Jong-un. North Korea had protested against defectors sending leaflets to the border, and Kim's sister Kim Yo-jong had threatened a military response.
Four U.S. F-22 stealth fighters, escorted by other U.S. and South Korean jets, flew low over the Osan Air Base in a show of force following North Korea's recent rocket launch. The Yonhap news agency reported two of these stealth planes will be deployed in South Korea "for a while."
North Korea launches a long range rocket that critics claim is a test of banned technology for a long range missile that could hit the United States. South Korea's military says the rocket released an object into orbit.