Putin's Warning To The World: North Korea "On The Verge Of A Large-Scale Conflict"

As tensions between the US, its regional allies and North Korea continue ebb and flow, depending on what and where Kim lobs the next missile and whether Kelly can block Trump from tweeting for the next few hours, Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to personally weigh in on the conflict for the first time since the UN passed new sanctions against the North earlier this month. In an article published on the Kremlin’s web site, the Russian president warned that the two sides are “balancing on the verge of a large-scale conflict," adding that any efforts to pressure the North to end its nuclear program would prove “futile,” and that the only tenable solution to the standoff would be a "dialogue with preconditions."

"It is essential to resolve the region’s problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions (for such talks)," Putin wrote. "Provocations, pressure, and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere."

His remarks about a diplomatic solution alluded to a “road map” to peace formulated jointly between Russia and China.... without the U.S.

According to the joint Russian-Chinese deescalation plan, North Korea would stop work on its missile program in exchange for the US and South Korea halting large-scale war games, allowing tensions to gradually subside.

Here’s more from AJ:

"Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile programme is misguided and futile," he wrote in the article sent to media in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - the BRICS member states.

 

"The region's problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions. Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road."

As recently as last week, tensions between the two sides appeared to be easing, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praising the country’s restraint after the North went nearly a month without a new missile test, despite restrictive new UN sanctions that took effect on Aug. 5. That quickly changed with the beginning of the US and South Korea’s annual 11-day joint military exercises, which appeared to provoke an especially vitriolic response from the North this year, prompting not one but two rocket launches over the next few days.

Two days ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reportedly warned Tillerson that it would be “dangerous” to push for more sanctions against North Korea.

Here’s Newsweek:

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Tillerson that the U.S. should avoid taking military actions against Kim Jong Un’s regime and that the Russian government believes additional sanctions could prove “counterproductive and dangerous.”

 

Tillerson’s response to Lavrov is unclear, but the pair did condemn the North’s most recent test on Monday, when a missile sailed over U.S. ally Japan.”

Of course, the North’s missile launch earlier this week which flew over Japan airspace appeared to - at least temporarily - startle investors, triggering a short-lived selloff in global stocks. A day ago, US and South Korea insisted on a provocation of their own, conducting a bombing drill with nuclear-capable US bombers and the new F-35 stealth fighter.

Despite the bellicose rhetoric from both sides, an all-out war is much less likely than the public might believe. Echoing comments made by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, a professor warned yesterday that the US is in “no position” to start a war with the North because of the unprecedented devastation the North’s artillery could unleash on Seoul, the densely populated South Korean capital.

As Bannon said during an interview with the American Prospect, the US doesn’t have a tenable military option for toppling Kim Jong Un.

“Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

As the war of words stretches into its eighth month, observers will surely keep this in mind. Investors, on the other hand, are just looking for an opportunity to "buy the fucking nuclear war dip."

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Manthong spyware-free Fri, 09/01/2017 - 07:55 Permalink

 
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If the Morlocks in the Deep State had the interests of the nation and the world at heart they would just let the little pot-bellied psychopath fester in place and blow his missiles out of the sky over international waters. But since they are psychopaths too, and tools of the bankers, they will likely start another war and thousands or millions will die.

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caconhma two hoots Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:53 Permalink

The post-WW2 zionist banking mafia controlled world order is coming to a happy end.The USA, a world gendarme/terrorist, in spite of it substantial world military superiority, is in no position to wage a serious military campaign. Malignant zio-banking mafia cancerous cells have spread through the entire economic, ploitical, and cultural fabric destroying its abilities to function in complex and critical situations.

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Chupacabra-322 SoilMyselfRotten Fri, 09/01/2017 - 08:07 Permalink

@ Soil,

The Deep State comprises of the following Criminal Entites as per Kevin Shipp Former CIA Officer Anti-Terrorism Specialist.

MOSSAD
CIA
NSA
DOJ
FBI
DHS
DOD
DOS
IRS
EPA
NOAA
NWS

Deep State

Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State
There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power.

http://billmoyers.com/2014/02/21/anatomy-of-the-deep-state/

Who rules America?

The secret collaboration of the military, the intelligence and national security agencies, and gigantic corporations in the systematic and illegal surveillance of the American people reveals the true wielders of power in the United States. Telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, and Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter, provide the military and the FBI and CIA with access to data on hundreds of millions of people that these state agencies have no legal right to possess.

Congress and both of the major political parties serve as rubber stamps for the confluence of the military, the intelligence apparatus and Wall Street that really runs the country. The so-called “Fourth Estate”—the mass media—functions shamelessly as an arm of this ruling troika.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/06/10/pers-j10.html

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Mustafa Kemal SoilMyselfRotten Fri, 09/01/2017 - 10:29 Permalink

Soilmyself, thanks for the link. Will pass it on.This the point. The CIA are traitors and have been so since the beginning, but the big start began with Allen Dulles. He began the path of the destriuction of democracies throughout the world, beginining with Iran in 53, tasted blood and never looked back. He also deprived us of JFK, depriving the US of democracy.  CIA=traitorsTIme to say it  LOUD!

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earleflorida Swampster (not verified) Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:05 Permalink

but[T], ya got both dipshit! kim took a page out of Zio`bibi's play-book!since the 1967 'Six Day War' the Zionist Israelites realized their only hope of survival was to have a 'Nuke and Delivery System' in place...--- well, they got em in 'SPADES'!"Samson option" look it up!The regular Israeli Jewish people (majority) on the Liberal Left outnumber the Whack`job ultra-conservatives, and yet??? (go -figure?)NK's Kim realized after Bush#43 `FUCKING Whackjob extraordinaire CREEP`IT" put NK on the 'Axis of Evil' in 2001!!!America created this monster!!!Realize that 1952 is still fresh in many of [those] NKs--- [these] living-being today in the north of the korean peninsula as that of the fire`bombing 8'yrs. prior in Japan--- still haunting and lingering (The A`bombs didn't do much other than finally bring the Jap's GOD`Emporor to the Peace Table), and lest the world forgets, it was the Japanese that were basically on a mission in china of genocide--- so the hatred is there if ones wants to rehash the not-so-distant-past!Kim and Bibi are two birds of the same feather!   They're an embarassment today for both their countries...---, sadly the british created the Zionist debacle--- [and], as far as the great (Truman in 1948 Zionist lover to get reelected) MacArthur (asshole extraordinaire bellicose/casus belli demi`god) created for America its frankenstein. So, we are faced with today a dilemma...[both] of our making. (fuck the british and the ball of scum that rolled-up the terror today's testeryear, 'Thy 'Balfour [1917-2017]Declaration' and left it on USAs doorstep at the now laughable/dysfunctional UN `1948!!! 

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neversink Mouth of Liberty Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:06 Permalink

The ever encroaching West. We know the west aren't angels, but look at the East and Mid East. China: Building islands in the Pacific. That's not encroachment? China: Occupied and then annexed Tibet for 60 years now. Killed many. many Tibetan monks. That's not encraochment?Iran: Setting bombs off around the world. That's not encroachment?Iran: Delivering weapons to Al Shabbab. That's not encroachment?Iran: Controlling Syria and Hezbollah and Lebanon. That's not encroachment?Russia: Annexing parts of the Ukraine. That's not encroachment?You live in a one-diemnsional world. s not enc

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Justin Case Got The Wrong No Fri, 09/01/2017 - 08:55 Permalink

Sounds reasonable to me. The majority of sane people also agree, but the world looks to the empire as the big stick to any country that doesn't follow orders from DC. So it's a stand off of David and Goliath. The empire doesn't want to appear weak or helpless to any country's leader. Backing down or resorting to intelligent dialogue to resolve issues may portray weakness. Once they appear weak other countries will start looking at becoming independent of orders from DC. Can you imagine? The MIC is a big business and likes the threat of conflict. They are the first to recommend a review of their spring catalogue for the latest and greatest weapons to kill people with. Woar is a business, but it requires lotsa bullshit to be delivered by MSM to get public approval. It's right in China's territory, they should be moar concered than merica that is almost 6,000 miles away. Merica is not famous for resolving conflict, they are the woar machine.

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lucitanian Justin Case Fri, 09/01/2017 - 10:40 Permalink

As you correctly point out, the bullshit is primarily for internal consumption in the US, finding an echo chamber in the controlled MSM.Essentially the problem is not NK but the paralysis of reason in the whole fabric of US government, which is being because by an on going fight within the power factions of the Deep State. Although Trump's election may superficially appear to have upset the apple cart, he is not the real problem, as can be seen by the representation of Wall Street, the MIC, and the Zionists in his cabinet. He has been well under the thumb of TPTB all along, despite any populist rhetoric.To find the root of the divide, as they say, "follow the money". At the center is the question of when and how to pull the plug on the global dollar ponzi scheme which is presently failing of its own accord, but in the meantime continues to support US hegemony for the time being. One side is pushing for global isolation and protectionism to maintain a status quo, while the other has accepted the inevitable collapse and already looks at the US and the world in terms of how best to apply resources in terms of post collapse, disaster capitalism. To this latter group the strength of military and security services (including false flag and terrorism as in Syria) represent the only tool in the box. The idea of a broken US under virtual martial law (and your not far off that already), continuing to act as the global mercenary enforcement arm for the 5 main central bank under their cartel of the BIS is fundamental.So this tug of war between a decentralized and centralized globalist view is being fought behind the scenes now in all the major players' capitals, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Brussels, not only Washington. To that extent, NK is just a convenient side show, which can be used at any time as a trigger.

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SmedleyButlersGhost Fri, 09/01/2017 - 07:27 Permalink

If you take it as true, and I've not seen a rebuttal, that the NK missle engines are made in a factory in the US controlled portion of the Ukraine; how is this not just more theatre?

serotonindumptruck Fri, 09/01/2017 - 07:31 Permalink

So now with Bannon being expelled from Trump's inner circle, is there anyone left to tell the president that North Korea has the world checkmated, and there truly is no military solution?Or will the collapse of the US Dollar be timed to coincide with global thermonuclear warfare?