Russia Warns U.S. Not To Act Unilaterally Against North Korea

Tyler Durden's picture

In response to the US vice president, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that Mike Pence’s statement on the US running out of “strategic patience”
towards Pyongyang does not contribute to resolving the crisis. The top Russian diplomat also voiced hope there will be no repeat of the US strike on Syria in North Korea.

On Monday, speaking from the DMZ, Mike Pence said the world has witnessed the “strength and resolve of Trump in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” and threatened North Korea “not to test” this resolve or “or the strength of the armed forces of the United States.”

Lavrov responded by saying “I hope that there won’t be any unilateral actions like we recently saw in Syria and that the US will follow the policies Trump repeatedly declared during his election campaign.” He also warned the US not to take any military actions, stressing that the “risky nuclear and missile endeavors of Pyongyang” violating UNSC resolutions could not be used as an excuse for violating international law and the UN Charter “in the same fashion” as in Syria.

The period of US policy before the current escalation could be hardly described as an “era of strategic patience,” Lavrov added.

“I cannot call the Obama administration’s period an ‘era of strategic patience,’ as the US has been quite harshly limiting North Korea’s capabilities to develop economy sectors related to nuclear or energy areas,” Lavrov said, referring to past US initiatives, many of them backed by the UN Security Council.

Also addressing the matter, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that harsh statements do not contribute to peace and stability in the region, while commenting on South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn’s promise to “implement intensive punitive measures” on Pyongyang in case of any “provocations.”

“Our position is well known and consistent. We call on all sides to avoid any actions which might be perceived as a provocation. And we stand for the continuation of coordinated international efforts in existing formats to resolve the North Korean problem,” Peskov said.

Meanwhile tensions on the Korean Peninsula remain high: after Pyongyang conducted a missile test amid joint US-South Korea drills in March, and with at least one and as many as 3 US aircraft carrier groups headed toward the Peninsula, today North Korea's UN ambassador said the US has "created a dangerous situation in which the thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and pose a serious threat to the world's peace and security, to say nothing of those of northeast Asia." Separately, North Korea told the BBC that the country would be "conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," in effect assuring a provocation.

Judging by the market's response on Monday, a global thermonuclear war would be just the catalyst to pust the S&P back over its all time high of 2,400.

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LetThemEatRand's picture

The thing about having the world's most powerful conventional military by several magnitudes is that you leave two choices to other world powers when you decide to flex your conventional muscle:  1) they can suck your balls and tell you it tastes good; or 2) they can nuke you.

The MIC/Deep State believe Russia and China will pick door number 1.  If they are wrong....

froze25's picture

Is this the deal? We give the pretext for China to take North Korea and China backs out of the south China sea? Russian wants a piece of the action since they share a common boarder with N Korea 

general ambivalent's picture

The deal is that megalomaniacs can only be humoured.

aurum4040's picture

Letthemeatrand - orders of magnitude stronger military? I dont agree with that at all. Many aspects of the Russian military are stronger and more advanced then the US. And China is right behind and damn close. We seem to forget the US hasnt won a war since WW2. And if it wasnt for the Russians who made it to Berlin first, the Allies would not have won WW2. 

LetThemEatRand's picture

I totally disagree -- we kicked Grenada's ass!  

In all seriousness, America hasn't been at war since WWII to win in a traditional sense.   We've either been fighting proxy wars, or we've been "liberating" oil fields or pipeline territory, or we've been protecting the petro dollar, all with great success.  North Korea is a different animal today than it was in the 1950's.  Russia and China both have national interests in keeping NK out of US hands.

tmosley's picture

>Don't take unilateral action!

>Ok, we'll let China do it.

Russia might need some convincing that Trump is their friend. I don't think it will take much. Once they "get it", the world will be "our" oyster.

07564111's picture

Russia is not your ' Friend ', Russians do not trust the US. Trumpards are fools to think that we believe any of your bullshit.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Russia is not our friend, but it is only our enemy because we insist on poking it in the eye every fucking day.  Trump ran not on sucking Putin's dick, but on getting along with Russia and not starting WWIII.  Trumptards such as myself have nothing for which to apologize in voting for that position.  People who still support Trump are a different story.

07564111's picture

getting along has clearly been removed from the agenda, I personally think it was never part of the plan.

That said, something certainly happened when Trump went to Europe, that's when all the current changes in attitude occured, particularly with regards NATO,,do you recall the photos of Merkel and Trump and the smirk on Merkels face. ?

fockewulf190's picture

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Europe is broke. Getting the entire NATO alliance to fulfill it's obligations and pay 2% of GDP towards defence, is flat out impossible once you have a full grasp of just how precarious the european financial system truly is. President Trump wanted something else, and he was right to hold the euro-diplo-dinks to account, but because the only thing the EU can offer on the menu is shit sandwich, you can either eat, or go hungry.

Hyjinx's picture

Easy solution is no more NATO. Let's see what the Eurocucks do then.

BarkingCat's picture

Indeed. In the end the choice was Hillary, who openly voiced positions that were nearly guaranteed to lead to was with Russia.

The other choice was Trump who was selling a different vision; one of mutual respect and cooperation in areas of commin interest.


Seems like we got the Hillary foreign policy instead.

Still better than if she squatted in the oval office but certainly not happy with Trump.

Mr 9x19's picture

i am fucking tired of people at all ages  saying, " we had political choices, we elected XXX but we had YYY politics "


...................... F...F...S..... !!!!!




it is a private consortium of  multiple private groups of compagnies such apple, samsung, chevron, bp, etc in every sectors... it is all about power of economy with privates groups making lobbies to put pressure on politicians who are acting as buffer.


as long you have interests in a side of an economy, you have pressures, politicians in europ are no longer usefull people.
do you realize belgium remained 540 days whitout government and  there was not a single issue in the country, all was working, why ? because once the structural is implanted and functionning, all the guignols you see on TV are just to make so entertainment, there is no point of politics when a system is structurally in place.


sirya is a land war for ressources : oil & gaz.

this is not working ->  north korea is a decoy  for bad economics data and the cul de sac situation at global scale.


why agitating N.K flags in 4 months of mantat ?? why ? from what... because they shot 3 missiles test ? come on they make it for decades...

Freddie's picture

Putin is more my friend than President Jared Kushner-Soros and Ivanka.  They are both Clinton friends and Kushner Y family are pals with Soros. 

Putin is a blue eyed Christian.  He and I are the same tribe.  I also repsect the Russians. Russian men do not worship NFL, NBA and NCAA Trayvon rapists like white American males.

new game's picture

freddie, right on bro! bravo. putin and his cabinet make mericas equivalent look like wood ticks and mosquitoes.

or is that lampreys and leaches

or could it be buzzards, picking over a carcas.

no, maybe pirranas with freash blood in da h2o.

deep state swamp fuks...

tmosley's picture

Looky here. Jews REALLY don't want Americans to be friends with RUssia. They will say LITERALLY ANY LIE to make sure it doesn't happen.

Kill all kikes. Be friends with Russians. Saudis all need to die too. Remember that all semites are enemies, and all anti-semites are friends.

Liberal's picture

this is all bush's fault! and ann coulter!

07564111's picture

Agreement with you Mr. Mosley, the Zionists cannot tolerate such rapport.

The failure to take back Ukraine was heavy blow to Israeli plans for a new homeland. They have never forgiven Stalin.

tmosley's picture

Every word you say is in doubt, because you, in all honesty, appear to be a jew pretending to be a Russian.

If you are truly a Russian, you should think about that.

07564111's picture

In doubt to whom ? If only to you Mr. Mosley and the handful of Diaspora trolls here I remained unconcerned, but born behind the wall to a Military family I most certainly was. Be assured that, whilst I do not wish for the end of all things, I, like 99% of other Russians, will never stand aside for the puppet US or it's masters.

fbazzrea's picture

The Zionists are seeking to fulfill God's promise in Genesis 15:18 "In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates" by any means possible, preferably at US taxpayers' expense and our young peoples' lives.

NoPension's picture

Orders. Of. Magnitude.

It's just not polite to go yapping about it.

And the US has not taken the gloves off since ww2.
What we have now, is what you get when you are not firm up front.

Now, for the snowflakes here....and it's a blizzard...Humans need,require leadership. They look for it. 99% stand around and wait for orders on what to do next. Some, naturally step up and lead. Or they take it. But it will happen. And if we vacate the role...then you stand idly by, and take whatever comes.

Personally...I'd rather be us than them. It is what is. I don't know what mental fuck up happens to people, that makes them feel guilty. I simply chalk it up to weakness and lack of leadership.

Some of you are going to need to find a safe space.

NoPension's picture

Soon....some folks are going to have to eat crow.

If I'm wrong....and China, the norks, Russia...and according to this crowd Venezuela could probably kick our ass....I'll say it. Until then...I'll just watch all you fucktards pray your own military gets you can get some sort of sick satisfaction.
Thank god there is not a draft. Half of you assholes would need to be hanged or shot.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Fuck you, No Pension.  No one is saying Russia or China can kick anyone's ass.  The fact remains that both countries have nuclear weapons that are a last resort if America pushes them into a corner.  Only an idiot would want to see how far you can push before that happens.

NoPension's picture

Rand, that's all it's been here..last couple days.

USA sucks. Russia, China ,norks gonna show us. We suck. Trump sucks, Putin is great. Sink our carriers. That'll show us. Nuke DC.

It's enough to make one sick. I should just go away...I don't even recognize this place anymore. But I enjoy the info.

And I get told to go get fucked daily. So, blow me.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I get it No Pension and I should not have gone nuclear on you.  The fact is that America is sucking big time.  We have no business in NK or Syria. Doesn't make Russia/China etc any better.  WE SHOULD BE BETTER.

Hyjinx's picture

We do have business in NK because we only have an armistice with them which means the war never ended. Nuke ICBMs for them is not an option. Time to finish the job.

tmosley's picture

This kike never denied that he was Jewish. Kill on sight.

BarkingCat's picture

Some people just want to be left alone.

I am one for example. I will avoid assholes like yourself as much as I can but if you keep coming and try to be my leader I will put your lights out and make everyone else see that your just a blowhard asshole.

NoPension's picture

Nobody wants to be your leader pussycat. So lighten up, and put your claws back in.

not a yahoo's picture

Are you sure about this? All I keep reading is how the the Russians keep getting better newer tanks, SAMs, and now fighters than us, while here the best airplane tech  is 30+ years old, and the whole mil. complex is just a racket money hole, including the mercenary soldiers. I distinctly just pictured the death star, they had no useful weapons either.

Caught_Fish's picture

Whatever the initiator, America must win at all costs, otherwise its leadership past and present might face the consequences of a Nuremburg like trial with the majority hanging from a rope after a "fair and unbiased" trial.

Think of this when you imagine just how far they will go not to lose.

ne-tiger's picture

You did not give anything, just sticking your ass around everywhere for no reason.

ne-tiger's picture

That's why I said if you were the fat ass, what do you do? Iraq/Libya are examples. 

junction's picture

Those three aircraft carriers are like ducks in a row.  Russia has technology that can disable the American Aegis warfare system.  While the NSA has been busy bugging the citizenry to find out who is competing with CIA drug smugglers, Russia has been busy developing the best military technology in the world, a generation in some cases ahead of the U.S.'s delapidated and overpriced hardware.  Tomahawk cruise missiles developed 30 years ago miss as much as they they hit the target.  Joint strike fighters that suffocated test pilots.  Nothing in the U.S. second hand arsenal approaches the accuracy of the Russian Caliber ship-launched cruise missile or the S-400 Triumph defensive missile system. 

LetThemEatRand's picture

I don't disagree that Russia has the ability to sink the carriers.  But if Russia sinks the carriers, they will either be invaded by a vastly superior US/NATO military, or use nukes to defend themselves.  There are no other options.  You can't believe that Russia can resist the US/NATO in conventional warfare.

TungstenBars's picture

The question is, what happens after Russia takes out NATO bases and forces on its territory and periphery with tactical nuclear weapons?

Will NATO handle the loss of tens of thousands of its troops and decide to avoid total destruction or will it kill us all in a foolish blaze of glory? 

07564111's picture

Not so much NATO as the citizens of the EU. If NATO thinks the average EU sheeple will consider Berlin or Paris acceptable losses they are clearly insane.

NoPension's picture

Berlin and Paris are already lost. They've already been invaded by Muzzie hordes, with nary a shot fired.

At this point, leveling them would by magnanimous. The native populations surely don't care about their future, why the fuck should we?

Ok with you , General Rand?

07564111's picture

Neither are lost, but they will almost certainly be leveled. It matters not who lives there, what matters is the reaction of the people to those who would lead.

You're letting your emotions ruin your judgement.

07564111's picture

vastly superior NATO/US force ??

Please show me where in Europe such a force presently exists.

BlindMonkey's picture

" You can't believe that Russia can resist the US/NATO in conventional warfare."


Here we go again.  Every 100 years or so some European idiot goes and thinks it is a bright idea to invade Russia.  It hasn't worked then and it won't work now.


Let's use the Overton window concept and apply it to war:

Russia does not have any military capability to invade Western Europe.  Russia does possess the right mix of forces to defend itself in conventional combat.  

The US can power project anywhere in the world up to a point.  Most would or should agree that the limit would be to attempt to take over a large state like BRIC nations.  There are just not enough forces.


Therefore we are left with the Overton window of conflict with Russia.  E. Europe and caucus nations for direct confrontation and Syria and Iran for proxy.  (I've no idea if Russia will join China in fighting for a Korean buffer.)

SilverRhino's picture

You still think Project Thor is fiction.   


BandGap's picture

You're full of shit. Tired of this shit.

Those carriers wouldn't be there if Russia, China and/or Russia/China had the hardware. They don't. I don't ike it, either, but they don't.

Cruise missiles are subsonic. The US warned Russia of when and where they were going to launch in Syria. If Russia wanted to "symbolically" flex their muscles and show the world what thay got then they would have shot down a few with their "latest" anti missile system. They didn't because they couldn't. US jamming of their systems is excellent.

Let's watch youtube bullshit all day but when it comes down to the real deal China and Russia aren't dick next to the neocon led US of A.

Want change? Don't expect help from the outside. Get your fucking gun.


cherry picker's picture

Can you tellwith 100% certainty that there aren't nuclear or explosive devices planted in straegic places in the USA, or a few subs lingering close to shore.

If I was the other side, I would have thought about this a long time ago and the first thing that would be taken out is the electrical grid, bad enough that it would be down for two or three weeks.  No nuking required, no casualties.  No electricity would render the USA to less than 3rd world status in a very short time.

If I can figure this out, they would have been miles ahead of me and who knows what kind of surprises they have up their sleeve.