ロシアは朝鮮半島での戦争を予見して準備している: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年12月02日

ロシアは朝鮮半島での戦争を予見して準備している

RT2017/12/1
Russia won’t be surprised by war in North Korea, it’s been preparing for it – Security Council head

A war breaking out on the Korean Peninsula is one of the scenarios considered by the Russian military, so it would not be blindsided in case it actually happens, the head of Russia’s Security Council said, advocating a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

The launch of the Hwasong-15 ballistic missile by North Korea on Wednesday, which Pyongyang claimed is “capable of striking the whole mainland of the US” and Washington’s warning that the test brought the world “closer to war” has again raised concerns about potential disastrous consequences of a direct military confrontation.

Nikolay Patrushev, the head of Russia’s National Security Council, said Russia has been weighing its options if the war of words turns into a live shooting war.

“We are making calculations, preparations. It will not be a surprise to us,” Patrushev told RIA Novosti on Friday, when asked if Russia has been working on a response to hostilities potentially unfolding in the region.

While the war scenario can’t be ruled out, it must be avoided at all costs, Patrushev said, saying it’s not in the interests of Russia, which lies “effectively on the border with them [North Korea].”

“If there is military action, and you know that certain countries do not rule it out, then a range of different problems may follow, including for us,” he said, stressing that Moscow sees diplomacy as the only solution to the crisis.

The latest launch reignited the tense situation over North Korea, with US officials resorting to war-mongering rhetoric once again.

Acknowledging that “a lot of people would get hurt and killed” in case of an all-out military conflict with Pyongyang, Sen. Lindsay Graham said that Washington would have no other choice than to go for it if “things don’t change.”

US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley doubled down on US President Donald Trump’s promise to wipe out North Korea in case of an attack that he made in a notorious UN speech, warning that “the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”

FARSNEWS2017/12/1
Russia Assessing Possible Outcome of North Korea Military Option
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev admitted that Pyongyang’s behavior has put Russia at risk, but noted that Russia will not allow military action against North Korea.

Russia is examining the possible outcome of a military option in dealing with the North Korea crisis, Patrushev told Sputnik.

Asked whether Russia had any contingency plan in place for a potential military solution to the standoff over the North's nuclear ambitions, he replied that "we are assessing this and preparing ourselves. We will not be taken by surprise."

Patrushev admitted that Pyongyang’s behavior put Russia at risk. "We basically share a border with them. That’s why we are interested in a political and diplomatic solution."

The secretary stressed that Russia will not allow military action against North Korea, after the US diplomat at the United Nations threatened Pyongyang with destruction.

"If there is military action – and you know some countries do not rule it out – this would create all sorts of problems, including for us," he said. "But we cannot let that happen."

North Korea has launched several missiles in recent months and held its largest nuclear test in September. Pyongyang argues that nuclear status would protect it from US hostility.

RT2017/12/1
‘Bloodthirsty tirade’: Russian FM decries US threats to destroy North Korea
US military action against North Korea would be a big mistake, Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, warned, adding that Washington is itself provoking Pyongyang to make new reckless moves by drills with South Korea and aggressive rhetoric.

“If someone really wants to use force to – as the US representative to the UN put it – destroy North Korea... then I think it’s playing with fire and a huge mistake,” Lavrov said during a visit to Rome on Friday.

The Russian FM was referring to the comments made by US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, in the wake of Pyongyang’s first missile test in two months on Tuesday, in which it fired rockets that allegedly can reach US mainland. Haley said that “if war comes… the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.” Lavrov called Haley’s speech at the UN Security Council on Wednesday “a really bloodthirsty tirade.”

“We will do everything to ensure that it [military conflict] doesn't happen and that the problem is solved using exclusively peaceful and political-diplomatic means,” he said. Moscow has been closely working with the US on the North Korean issue, with several meetings being held between the countries’ diplomats in the Russian capital and other venues, the FM added.

“Unfortunately, in the last couple of months there has been an impression that there are people in Washington who are trying to provoke Pyongyang to make new reckless moves at any cost,” the minister said. “In October, they announced large-scale unscheduled exercises [between US and South Korean forces], new drills are also announced in December – although in the regular context they shouldn’t have been conducted until spring,” he added.

Lavrov described Russia’s stance on the North Korean issue as “direct, honest and open.” “We see the main task in preventing an armed conflict, which will have disastrous consequences, first of all, for the countries that are located in the region – South Korea and Japan, but let’s not forget that China and Russia also practically bordering North Korea,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov also reminded of the roadmap, jointly developed by Russia and China, which implied rejection of any actions that fuel tensions and transition to negotiations. The proposal called for North Korea to curb its nuclear and missiles tests in return for the US giving up on joint military drills with South Korea in the region, but was rejected by Washington.

A group of Russian MPs visited Pyongyang earlier this week in order to facilitate the resolution of the crisis. They said that the North Korean side expressed readiness to engage in talks, but demanded that Moscow play a mediating role.

The North Koreans “believe that they have reached parity not in the amount of strength, but in capabilities and think that now they can sit at the negotiating table without listening to constant threats and insults from the US,” deputy chair of Russia’s upper house Committee for International Relations, Senator Aleksey Chepa, told Interfax.

“They trust Russia, therefore they consider the possibility [of negotiations] only with its participation ... as the guarantor of the talks,” Chepa said. However, he made clear that, during the talks with the Russian MPs, Pyongyang didn’t mention any plans to put a stop to its controversial nuclear program.
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