リンゼー・グラムがペンタゴンに対して韓国にいる米軍兵士家族の移動を開始すべきと発言: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年12月04日

リンゼー・グラムがペンタゴンに対して韓国にいる米軍兵士家族の移動を開始すべきと発言

米国共和党上院議員リンゼー・グラムがペンタゴンに対して韓国にいる米軍兵士家族を移動させるべきと発言しています。

RT2017/12/3
Pentagon should move US military families from S. Korea ahead of possible war – Sen. Graham
The Pentagon should begin moving spouses and children of active US military service members out of South Korea, Republican Senator marrying up said, because the US is "getting close to military conflict" with Pyongyang.

“It’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea,” Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on the CBS program “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “So, I want them [the Pentagon] to stop sending dependents and I think it’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea."

"We're getting close to a military conflict because North Korea is marching toward marrying up the technology of an ICBM with a nuclear weapon on top that can not only get to America, but deliver the weapon. We’re running out of time,” Graham said, referencing North Korea's test of a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday. Pyongyang says the test was of a Hwasong-15 ICBM, which is capable of hitting the US mainland.

Not everyone agrees that all the provocations come from Pyongyang, though. The missile test was first after a two-month lull, and came just days after the US called North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, promising more sanctions.

Moscow believes that it is Washington's saber-rattling and regular military drills it jointly holds with South Korea that are “provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action” after months of restraint, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday. The threats various US officials have been unloading on North Korea in the wake of the launch are serving the same purpose, Lavrov said. One such threat was the US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley's claim that the North Korean regime would be “utterly destroyed in case of war,” which Lavrov slammed as a “bloodthirsty tirade.”

Russia and China have been calling on North Korea and the US both to refrain from reckless moves and accept a double-freeze plan, that would see Washington and Seoul halting their large-scale war games and North Korea suspending its missile and nuclear tests in return. However, Washington has flatly rejected the idea.

Graham's Sunday comments come just days after the senator said the US will go to war with North Korea "if things don't change," despite acknowledging that "a lot of people would get hurt and killed" if a war broke out.

A set of joint US-South Korea drills is set to kick off on Monday and run until December 8. The annual exercise prompted Pyongyang to accuse US President Donald Trump of "begging" for nuclear war.

The Republican senator's view that war is becoming more of a reality between the US and North Korea echoed remarks made by White House national security adviser HR McMaster on Saturday. "I think it's increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem," he said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, as cited by CNN.


RT22017/12/3
US, South Korea launch large-scale air drills amid spiraling nuclear tension
Unprecedented joint air force drills between the US and South Korea, featuring hundreds of warplanes, have kicked off despite dire warnings from Pyongyang and Moscow's calls to avoid new provocations after the recent launch of North Korea's new ICBM.

The Vigilant Ace 18 drills, which Seoul claims are of a purely “defensive nature,” will see hundreds of US and South Korea’s aircraft honing their skills by attacking mock North Korean nuclear and missile objects in different war time scenarios, Yonhap reported, citing South Korea’s defense ministry. They will for the first time feature six F-22 Raptor stealth jets, that arrived to South Korea specifically for the war games along with six F-35As stealth jets.

Part of the US force taking part in the wargames, including a dozen of F-35B stealth jets, will fly from a Japanese airbase, where they have been stationed.

The large-scale maneuvers, reportedly “the largest-ever combined air force drills between the allies” will also involve dozens of other fighter jets on both sides, as well as American B-1B Lancer strategic bombers and carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft.

A total of 12,000 personnel and over 230 military aircraft will be engaged in the drills, that will run to December 8.

Days after the air force exercise was announced, North Korea test-launched its new Hwasong-15 missile, which it claims is capable of reaching the whole US mainland. Pyongyang lashed out at the drills as incitement to a nuclear war.

"The Trump team is begging for nuclear war by staging an extremely dangerous nuclear gamble on the Korean peninsula," North Korea’s Foreign Ministry stated in a statement on Saturday.

Seoul rejected the accusations, insisting its massive drills with US is “an annual joint military exercise among the allies of a defense nature,” Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman of South Korea’s Ministry of Unification said on Monday, as cited by Yonhap.

He added that Seoul would seek a peaceful resolution of the crisis together with international community.

While denouncing Pyongyang's recent launch, Moscow has been accusing Washington of provoking North Korea with its saber-rattling in the peninsula. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has recently said that the US had previously made it clear that new wargames might not come until spring – which would allow room to find a lasting diplomatic solution – but has instead escalated its military exercises with South Korea.

At the same time, various US officials have been directing belligerent rhetoric at Pyongyang on almost a daily basis. Nikki Haley has recently threatened that the North Korean regime would be “utterly destroyed” in case of war – words Lavrov slammed as a "bloodthirsty tirade."

Others have been stoking the looming specter of war with warnings that conflict is growing ever closer, like White House national security adviser HR McMaster who said the probability of war is " increasing every day," and Senator Lindsey Graham, who has called on the Pentagon to start evacuating families of US servicemen staged in South Korea.

Meanwhile, it was reported that South Korea army has launched a “decapitation unit” aimed at assassinating North Korea leader Kim Jong-un in case of war, The Korea Times reported. According to the newspaper, the military initially planned the launch the unit in 2019, but has now sped up the timeline.

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