Supporters of the Pentagon's initiative, unveiled by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, are likely to view it as a signal of Washington's commitment to Asia.
The Trump administration has opted for a tougher stance on Pyongyang after the reclusive state stepped up its military efforts, carrying out a series of missile tests and pledging to conduct a sixth nuclear test. Washington's hardline rhetoric and its massive airstrike in Syria raised concerns that a military operation against North Korea could be looming.
However, Russian expert Vladimir Terekhov told Radio Sputnik that there would be no "major fight" between the two countries.
"Everything has turned into a war of words, which is a good sign since several days ago it seemed like the red line was crossed and a military operation was possible. This option appears to have been put aside at the moment," the analyst said. "The United States appears to have settled on something it earlier rejected – certain patience. The US would use pressure, applying economic and diplomatic instruments. I think that the crisis is over."
However, President Trump has adopted a less assertive approach to North Korea in recent days. In late April, he limited his reaction to Pyongyang's failed missile test by tweeting only that North Korea "disrespected the wishes of China." In addition, Trump described Kim Jong-un as "a pretty smart cookie" for holding onto power.
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