Let’s see if we can get this straight: North Korea issues threats to the United States, South Korea, and Japan by flying missiles over both South Korea and Japan (even into merchant and commercial waters!) and says it will send missiles to Alaska, Hawaii and Guam, but WE are the ones who are the problem. We respond by having military exercises while Pyongyang is herding elementary school boys off to the recruiter and WE are the provocateur?
The Chinese made the first conciliatory move when they supported the United Nations security council sanctions of fuel being sent to North Korea. It was more than obvious that the Chinese had just about had enough of the loud-mouthed dictator of North Korea themselves and found an excuse to quit selling them Chinese petroleum.
Now, the Russians are getting their two cents in as well. Over the weekend, the Russians flew multiple nuclear bombers over and around the Korean Peninsula and made no bones about the fact that they were sending a clear message to Washington and its allies: Mess with North Korea, and you mess with us!
Russia flew nuclear bombers around the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday, the same day that Moscow complained about the annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
According to Reuters, Russia sent Tupolev-95MS bombers — known as “Bears” by NATO — over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea. Reuters reported that Sukhoi-35S fighter jets and A-50 planes equipped with advanced intelligence-gathering capabilities accompanied the bombers.
Some military experts view the bombers as relics of the Cold War. However, Reuters reported that Russia uses these upgraded bombers to back its diplomacy with shows of force.
According to Reuters, Tokyo and Seoul both scrambled fighter jets to act as escorts for the bombers around parts of the Korean Peninsula. Reuters also noted that Japan had to scramble fighter jets to intercept Russian aircraft twice before this year.
Moscow released a statement on the same day the flights occurred denouncing the U.S.-South Korean joint exercises and urging “maximum caution” for all sides.
“The US and South Korea holding yet more large-scale military and naval exercises does not help reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, said during a news briefing in Moscow. “We urge all sides to exercise maximum caution. Given the arms build-up in the region, any rash move or even an unintended incident could spark a military conflict.”
With the world on edge already after the idiotic rants of the maniacal leader of North Korea, it’s not very productive or “cautious” of Russia to go adding fuel to that fire.
Regardless, the fact remains that North Korea has tamped down its rhetoric only after President Trump informed the Pyongyang apologists here in the United States (that would be the Fake News Industrial Complex, of course) that it was not a threat that we would strike North Korea with fire and fury the likes of which has not been seen on Earth, but a fact. Perhaps, Kim Jong-un only understands one tone.
Source: The Blaze