Russia Warns Of Possible "Apocalyptic Scenario" On Korean Peninsula

Russian deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov said on Monday that "an apocalyptic scenario of developments" on the Korean Peninsula is possible, but Russia hopes that a common sense would prevail among the involved parties.

"A scenario of the apocalyptic development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula exists and we cannot turn our blind eye to it," Morgulov said speaking at the opening of the eighth annual Asian Conference of the Valdai discussion club in Seoul. "I hope that a common sense, pragmatism and an instinct of self-preservation would prevail among our partners to exclude such negative scenario," the Russian diplomat said, quoted by Russia's Tass.

Fire and brimstone aside, Morgulov noted that a phase of calm appeared to be returning as North Korea’s current pause in provocations - the longest since last winter - indicates a step toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. “I think North Korea’s restraint for the past two months is within the simultaneous freeze road map” suggested by China and Russia, Morgulov told reporters in Seoul on Monday according to Bloomberg. North Korea’s last provocation was on Sept. 15, when it fired its second missile over Japan in as many months. The 73-day pause is the longest since a 116-day break between October 2016 and February.

Russian and Chinese foreign ministers proposed in July a “double freezing” initiative, under which North Korea refrains from missile and nuclear tests, and the U.S. and South Korea halt large-scale military exercises, however the U.S. has rejected this proposal, arguing that its drills are defensive in nature. Earlier this month, it carried out its first exercise in a decade using three aircraft carriers in the region, and plans to conduct drills with South Korea’s air force in early December.

Morgulov, Russia’s deputy minister responsible for relations with East and South Asia, said that following a “freeze for freeze” the next step would be to hold exchanges with Pyongyang. Once North Korea agrees to a moratorium on testing and talks are taking place, the process can move to discussion of denuclearization, he said. “We will have to see a certain change of attitude of the U.S., especially on freezing or reducing” its military drills, Morgulov said. “It’ll be difficult for us to play the role of persuading North Korea” not to provoke anymore without a change in the U.S. position.

Despite the impasse, and underscoring Russia's argument, the diplomat said that "we have told North Korea many times that for us [its] nuclear status is unacceptable," adding that "we continue this work with the North Korean counterparts presenting to them our position."

Moscow negatively assess joint military drills of the United States with its allies in the region of the Korean Peninsula, while North Korea keeps a two-month pause in missile and nuclear tests, he went on.

"Considering the two-month long period of silence, the United States is not planning to reduce the scale of its regular military exercises, but also plan holding sudden drills as well," Morgulov said. "Unfortunately, this is the answer, which North Korea gets in response to its two-month silence," the Russian diplomat said adding that Moscow "assesses it negatively."  "I believe that both the North Korean nuclear tests and joint military drills of the United States with its allies are definitely of a negative nature," Morgulov said.

"Russia has presented the roadmap’s contents both to the U.S. and to the DPRK," the diplomat said. "I would like to say that "at the very entrance" the plan has not been rejected either by Washington or by Pyongyang, though still no answer."

"Besides, we have spoken for discussing certain elements of this plan separately with the U.S. and with North Korea," he continued. "We have begun the work, but I have to say regretfully that the actions, which Washington undertook in October-November, I mean the unplanned drills, affect greatly our dialogue on settlement on the basis of the roadmap."

"Is it possible for someone to cherish illusions that threats from US President Donald Trump to strike with ‘fire and fury’ will be able to cut the knot, which has been tight on the Korean Peninsula for many decades?" Morgulov said. "I believe it would be naive to hope that any of the sides would give in to the pressure," the Russian diplomat said.

"We must understand that the pressure borders with the deliberate push of North Korea to the humanitarian catastrophe," Morgulov said. "This will not result in the North Korean authorities giving up missile and nuclear programs, but on the contrary, will only strengthen its intentions to stay until the very end."

"I believe that the path of pressure has no perspectives and there is no other alternative to the dialogue," the Russian diplomat said.

"The resumption of inter-Korean dialogue could have a positive effect (on the conflict settlement)," Morgulov said. "These two countries have issues to discuss and I know that our South Korean partners are ready for such dialogue and repeatedly expressed interest in its initiation," the Russian diplomat said.

"If Pyeongyang’s demonstrated restraint over the past two months was met with similar reciprocal steps on behalf of the United States and its allies then we could have moved to the start of direct talks between the United States and North Korea," Morgulov said.

"Will it be possible? I am absolutely sure that it is possible," the Russian diplomat said. "The key agenda of such talks can be very simple, which is the principles of peaceful coexistence. I believe that the lack of such concord gives roots to hostility and mutual mistrust among the involved parties."

"The United States and its allies should at least reduce the scale of their regular military exercises they are holding in the region of the Korean Peninsula," Morgulov said.

Comments

earleflorida This is it Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:48 Permalink

Please realize that 'South [SAMSUNG] Korea is in a lot of HURT! $$$ neg!Please realize that Mitsubishi`Japan, is in a lot of HURT!  $$$neg!neg!Please realize that 'Taiwan [FOXCONN] is in a lot of HURT! $$$ neg!neg!neg!You do realize that Korea was Russia's child!?!...---in which China adopted!Please realize that DPRK China's Israel!

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LawsofPhysics Mon, 11/27/2017 - 08:32 Permalink

Global oligarchs are negotiating the "Korean remodel"...  ...nothing more.< yawn >So long as it stays on the Korean peninsula who cares?"Full Faith and Credit"same as it ever was...

LawsofPhysics Truther Mon, 11/27/2017 - 08:41 Permalink

LOL!!  Sure sure, I call bullshit.  Even the "deep state" won't destroy their own neighborhood. Yes, it's true people, there are good neighborhoods and bad neighborhoods all over the world.  Get a fucking clue, don't move to a bad neighborhood!Still accepting fiat currency in echange for the products of your labor? Yes? Then NOTHING CHANGES!"Full Faith and Credit"same as it ever was all you stupid fucking sheep.

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sheikurbootie Mon, 11/27/2017 - 08:35 Permalink

Again...the bottom line is Trump is negotiating a permanent solution to NK.  He wants us out of SK and to stop the spending.  Being on a war footing for 70 years is incredibly expensive!  We've had dozens of Presidents that failed to see this exorbitant expense as a problem. The US is negotiating an EXIT from SK.

Son of Captain Nemo Mon, 11/27/2017 - 08:39 Permalink

It won't. Because of this REPOST

The chief instigator and "incubator" of terrorism in the Zionist mosaic (https://southfront.org/saudi-arabia-allies-declare-war-on-terrorism-syri...) just declared TOTAL war on the tactic they aided and abetted through Washington, London and Tel Aviv and left out the 3 key players that have been responsible for making it DISAPPEAR!...

You can't make this shit up!...

But then again?... You shouldn't have that chief instigator of terrorism at the head of a table that allegedly protects and defends human rights for the rest of the World either!!!

ssgredux Mon, 11/27/2017 - 08:44 Permalink

Most Americans (a large majority, actually) don't even know the region of the world that North Korea is located in.  Nor do they understand that the jet stream would carry any radiation straight back to the US.  My cousin believes that there are stars closer to us than the sun.  My nephew was trying to explain to me how "flat earth theory" really explains a lot about the world during Thanksgiving dinner. We're fucking doomed. Q.E.D.

Setarcos Laughing.Man Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:09 Permalink

Maybe in a way, but what way?  When I was 10 - 64 years ago - I knew about the solar system.  The reason I remember is because my father was a fundamentalist Christian Creationist and I tried to talk to him about the solar system and evolution.  I got a "good hiding" and never tried to talk to him again.  Unless schools have stopped teaching science, ignorance is not entirely forgivable.  Back around 1918-20 when my father was impoverished and got little schooling, he had some sort of excuse ... but not so much in 1953 when he punished me.  I guess that there's no cure for a closed mind.

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Setarcos ssgredux Mon, 11/27/2017 - 09:56 Permalink

You are not fucking wrong.  I am 74.  I swear that when I was young there was less ignorance and/or lunacy in the World.  I swear that when I first got on the internet about twenty years ago, there were far less crackpots posting.  NOW it seems that the more information that's become available, the LESS people are informed ... maybe on account of trash sites like Farcebook and Twitter, or maybe because mobile phones have become ubiquitous ... ffs when I catch the bus or train I often see kids of about three in strollers engrossed in some game, whilst the mother is glued to her phone chatting and, all around, other people are on their phones too.  TV is trash - not that I've watched it for about ten years myself, but folks around me complain that there's nothing on worth watching, or that there are too many ads.  The "news" I get relayed to me is seriously deficient or fake, or else about some scandal or "sport" aka big business circus, to complement fast food "bread".No one I know, including the young members of staff in the aged care home where I live, has a clue about ZH, RT, PressTV, nor any other "alternative" from whence I get my information.  Overall they know less than I knew fifty years ago from books and various studies.  Oh I tell a partial lie, last week I got talking to one female staff member of about 35 years of age, and she knew a bit about Syria and even Vladimir Putin, who she was eager to ask me questions about.Granted that my experience of other people is a bit limited these days, but your story gels with my experience and impressions ... here in Australia.  Q.E.D. methinks.

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Rex Andrus Erwin643 Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:45 Permalink

It's an arcane lemming cliche. As a black bureaucratess explained to me when I was 18, in idiocracy script it means "I shot my wad on this (topic)". Cliches are colorful or simplistic linguistic staples used to keep closed minds closed. The more colorful they are, the more they distract & derail the prey.

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Parrotile Setarcos Mon, 11/27/2017 - 20:57 Permalink

Not everyone from Down Under's completely dim - here  ("down south" near Bega) the locals are fairly aware of what's going on, mind you our locals are of the "more mature" vintage, so probably benefitted from a more rounded education. Having occasionally travelled "north", the situation there seems considerably more dire - and more "deserving" of the observation from outsiders that we live in "Dumbfuckistan".I don't suppose the attitudes of Aussies overseas helps much to dispel this "National blight", as demonstrated by the airport scenes in Bali over the past day :-(

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Boogity ssgredux Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:30 Permalink

You're comments are spot on.  The  USA has become Idiocracy.  It's citizens can't find the Third World countries on a map that their "heroic" military is bombing this week but there's a good chance they can tell you who won last Monday night's NFL game and who the Kartrashian sisters are banging.

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