Russia Rebukes US For Sowing "Regional Instability" As Military Drills Begin

The latest round of military drills involving the US, Japan and South Korea began their latest set of tracking drills on Monday, DW reported, citing sources in the South Korean military.

The drills – which are meant for "practicing tracking an object and sharing information on it among the three countries” - were being held in waters off the coast of Japan, according to Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.

The US and its regional allies are stepping up their military drills in response to North Korea’s decision to test-launch the Hwasong-15, a new ICBM that US intelligence believes has the capacity to strike Washington, DC, as well as nearly any other part of the US – though the degree of accuracy remains questionable.

In response to drills held last week, North Korea warned that it is “ready for nuclear war” with the US. Though its threats have long rung hollow, US, South Korean and Japanese intelligence officials say that the North might soon attain the ability to load a nuclear warhead on its newest ICBM, which would enable it to launch a nuclear strike – or possibly an equally devastating EMP attack.

The exercises are the sixth since June 2016. Two US ships and one each from Japan and South Korea are involved. Meanwhile, the US’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) has been deployed in South Korea, infuriating Chinese leaders, who claim there’s little distinction between a missile-defense system and a missile launcher. According to DW, Beijing also worries that THAAD’s radar can peer deep into Chinese territory, compromising its own security.

Following the North's November test, the US warned Pyongyang that its leadership would be "utterly destroyed" if war erupted. Since then, the Pentagon has staged several shows of force after North Korean military tests.

The US has been pressuring China and other countries to cut diplomatic and trade relations with the North - part of an international effort to squeeze Pyongyang by cutting off cash flows received from its illegal businesses, which are widely believed to be funding its weapons program.

Unfortunately, the US’s efforts have apparently done little to curb trade with the North. As we pointed out yesterday, a new report from the Institute for Science and International Security has found that 49 countries violated sanctions on North Korea to varying degrees between March 2014 and September 2017.

As it, too, steps up pressure on its neighbor, South Korea announced Sunday that it would impose new sanctions on 20 institutions and a dozen individuals in North Korea, barring any financial transactions between them and South Koreans.

"This unilateral sanction will prevent illegal funds flowing to North Korea and contribute to reinforce international communities' sanctions against North Korea," South Korea's Finance Ministry said in a statement.

The US has insisted on continuing with its provocative military drills despite widespread condemnation from the international community. A United Nations envoy warned of the grave risk of a miscalculation that results in nuclear annihilation, and urged Pyongyang to keep the channels of communication open after a rare visit to the isolated state last week.

Meanwhile, a Russian military general on Monday noted that the exercises only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region, according to Reuters.

Russian Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces General Valery Gerasimov, issued his warning in Tokyo as the United States, Japan and South Korea began a two-day exercise to practice tracking missiles amid rising tension over North Korea’s weapons programs.

General Valery Gerasimov

“Carrying out military training in regions surrounding North Korea will only heighten hysteria and make the situation unstable,” Gerasimov said at the beginning of a meeting with Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera.

Following last week’s exercises, North Korea warned that the outbreak of war, at this point, is “an established fact”.
 

Comments

shitshitshit Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:22 Permalink

the list of 49 countries that did not respect the unilateral post imperial embargo shows how low the usa have fallen, and it's not over.wait until kanada weights in. The humiliation of the newly promoted american paper tiger will be totally embarassing.

Luc X. Ifer shitshitshit Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:41 Permalink

Murica need war badly, very badly. The financial world and the economy it turns with the upside down and the world of the blockchain takes over - Murica doesn't want to get caught in this transition with the pants down owning 20+ trillions of paper money because at that time they will be forced to pay with real money their dues - Bitcoins, LTCs. Murica needs a world scale war to reset it's debt and economy and try a clean entry in the new world.

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skbull44 Luc X. Ifer Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:46 Permalink

You can always count on the American Empire’s military (or CIA proxy armies) to help calm a volatile situtation down. Just look at a handful of examples: Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya. And the number of countries that have the gall to put their borders close to American military bases... Remind me again who the world should be concerned about?  https://olduvai.ca

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Parrotile skbull44 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:46 Permalink

If the provocation gets the desired effect, who will strike first?I'm betting that there is a LOT of conversation happening behind the (Chinese and North Korean) scene that we in the West are entirely unaware of.NK KNOWS that if they strike first, it's game over for them - China won't help, and the US will have their excuse to bomb them quite literally flat again (just like the Vietnam War "Good Old Days").If the US strikes first, the "body count" for NK may be no greater than in scenario 1, but this time China (and Russia - mutual defence treaties) will be prepared to join in the fun - and I rather suspect the average US Citizen will NOT like the outcome of that.So, common-sense suggests scenario 2: No doubt the US will try to con the World that it was "provoked", but China (and Russia) will be demanding very independent evidence, and since that'll be lacking, NK will certainly NOT be left to fend for itself.Hopefully the US Top Brass might be aware of this probability - and if not, why not?

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veritas semper… jaxville Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:16 Permalink

As they should back NK if attacked.Let's cut to the American Zionist chase!-in 2006 there was a deal between US and NK : NK destroys their nuclear reactor and US lifts sanctions(food and energy).NK DID destroy their reactor(with video proof and witnessed by international organizations).US (as usual ) did not respect their part of the deal. After which,NK concluded( rightfully) that US CAN NOT BE TRUSTED.(plus they witness what happened to Qaddafi,Sadam,etc) and restarted their nuclear program. On top of this ,US has put THAAD missiles,which are NOT,I repeat NOT for defence ,they can be upgraded over night for a nuclear strike.And they have massive military exercises near their border. And they remember very well the WAR CRIMES US did in the 50's during the first Korean war.Those are FACTS and are INDISPUTABLE.No amount of American exceptionalism can change that-the US is destabilizing and threatening the area and IS DOING THIS,not as much against NK,but against China and especially Russia. If the American people can not grasp this simple truth,this is another proof of their ignorance and stupidity-Mr. Putin made a surprise visit to Russian base in Syria. He was met by Mr. Assad.He praised a Syrian general,Suheil al Hassan for bravery(leader of Tiger forces) and said that RUSSIA begins its withdrawal from Syria,as ISIS was defeated.But,if the terrorists try again something against the "Syrian territorial sovereignty and integrity" ,Russia will come back and wipe them out. You realize that the TERRORIST he was talking to ARE THE US.So,Russia is withdrawing,abiding by the international law. Let's see what US is doing. The ball is in your court,US!-Mr. Putin made a visit to Egypt,where he condemned the last US Jerusalem F*ck up and he thanked the Egyptians for allowing the Russian army to USE THEIR AIR SPACE AND MILITARY BASES. he signed a deal to build a nuclear plant for them.-Now,Mr. Putin is in Turkey,discussing with Erdogan the Jerusalem US movehttps://www.almasdarnews.com/article/trump-destabilizing-middle-east-je… love this man. I never had any respect for politicians,but I respect Mr. Putin,Mr. Assad,Mr. Nassrallah,Gen Gerasimov and Gen SoleimaniThe chosen have began attacking Palestine/Gaza.The Syrian army is liberating the area near the GolanI I want to see how US will try to justify their presence in Syria.As a"miracle",ISIS has started regaining land from SDF,probably to provide a "reason" for US.IT IS GOING TO FAIL,together with US and Is..Ra..El.

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fockewulf190 Parrotile Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:05 Permalink

The situation is simple. Trump is telling rocketman “No nukes for you!”. If Kim gets rid of his nukes, then he can play Gulag Commander until Satan comes calling and welcomes him home. If not, then it’s game on.

Trump is way past the point of no return. If he ends up being all bark and no bite, and Mr. Norky gets to stay in power with all his goodies intact, then Iran will without a doubt immediately develop their own nuclear arsenal, including ICBMs, and not have any fear in the least of Trump stopping them.

What do you think the South Koreans, Japanese and Saudi Arabians are going to do?

Trump got delt a shit sandwich because all of the previous administrations, and local neighbors, kicked the can and pursued the strategy of appeasement. Look what ended up happening. You have a fratricidal maniac who kills his own brother as well as people with anti-aircraft guns for nodding off, not to mention inflicting multi-generational death sentences on the families of those who defect, in charge of nukes.

No.

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BritBob Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:23 Permalink

Ha!Russia tells Britain give back the Falklands before telling US what to do.RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017) They forget that a lot of territory was 'taken' in the 19th century (much of a norm). That doesn't excuse their actions in the 21st century. Falkland Islands – The Usurpation (1 pg): https://www.academia.edu/34838377/Falkland_Islands_The_Usurpation

Consuelo Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:27 Permalink

  'Sowing regional instability' is PNAC/Wolfowitz Doctrine 101A... If Putin can somehow pull off a diplomatic hat-trick with the DPRK, the humiliation of Zio-U.S. foreign policy will be complete.

sister tika Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:36 Permalink

Nuttin' like good ole nuclear annihilation to get the ole juices flowing. If Trump "plays nice" in the South China Sea, will the Norkie missile launches stop? I doubt it.

shutterbug Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:19 Permalink

The only friends USA still has are ISIS and Israel... the rest of the world hates their guts...Just like every Empire in history at it's end. Bullying everybody else has a price and it will come knocking at some time.

WTFUD Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

How come Russia have manly generals and the US sniveling little weasel pen-pushers like Betraeus? . . eez an injusteez, it eez!

FBaggins WTFUD Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:27 Permalink

To say "manly" is sexist and against the US constitution and discriminates against all the gays and transsexuals in the military. If you keep on like that and influence Mr. Trump anymore then the US military will have to spend hundreds of billions in converting back all the unisex washrooms and all those 45 degree urinals would have to be dumped into the sea like the jets they get rid of every year to keep the military budget growing.   

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veritas semper… WTFUD Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:12 Permalink

Men are men there.NOT faggots,trannies,LGBT..XYZ exotic gender.They protect their children and do not allow their indoctrination with sexual degeneracy/pornography like we do here. And I'm talking about the general public who did not do anything to prevent it(like same sex marriages,etc)And this is a major reason that Russia will survive and the West is doomed

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rejected Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:36 Permalink

Russia leaving Syria,,, America staying. America trying to tell the world it was America that defeated ISIS and not Russia.How much more embarrassing can it get!  Now America has to steal victory as well.America 16 years in Afghanistan,,, almost as long in Iraq.America 70 years in Japan, Korea, Europe.America is like a disease you can't get rid of.

DC Beastie Boy Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:02 Permalink

The US is in quite a predicament. NK and other countries (China) will not let this hostile aggression stand, man.

Funny how we only see NK launching rockets, but never the hundreds the US launches each month.