Voices from Russia

Monday, 15 January 2018

Pyongyang Accuses Washington of Undermining Inter-Korean Talks

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On Monday, Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the DPRK’s ruling party, wrote that the DPRK accused the USA of attempting to disrupt its dialogue with the ROK. The newspaper wrote:

Washington is preparing to deploy strategic military assets around the Korean Peninsula. The USA is repeating its pledge not to ease sanctions and pressure until the DPRK abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. It is throwing cold water on an atmosphere of reconciliation. The DPRK has various options that it can use against Washington at the appropriate time.

Early this year, we saw the first signs of a thaw in relations between the DPRK and the ROK. The two countries held talks at the ministerial level on 9 January, for the first time since December 2015, in Panmunjom, a small village located in the DMZ. The sides agreed that the DPRK would send a delegation, including officials, to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in the ROK. Seoul and Washington also postponed their annual military drills, as they upset Pyongyang.

15 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/world/985034

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Friday, 12 January 2018

VVP Calls UAV Attack on Syrian Base “Provocation”… Describes Kim Jong-un as “Very Competent and Mature”

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President Putin said at a meeting with leading Russian media figures:

The UAV attack on the Russian base in Syria was a provocation aimed at destroying previous agreements. The provocateurs weren’t Turkish. We know who they are, who paid who for this provocation, and what the actual sum was. As for this kind of incident, there’s nothing good about them. These actions also aimed at undermining Russia’s relations with Turkey and Iran. We understand it perfectly well, so we’ll work together. The UAVs used in the attack on the Russian base in Syria were disguised as homemade items, but actually had high-tech equipment. As for these attacks, they were undoubtedly well-prepared. We know when and where these UAVs were handed over [to the attackers], and how many of them there were.

http://tass.com/politics/984721

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President Putin told leading Russian media figures:

We believe it’s necessary to conduct negotiations on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. The DPRK has nuclear weapons and an ICBM with a range of about 13,000 kilometres (8,078 miles), which can practically reach any point of the globe, at any rate, it can hit any potential enemy. Now, of course, [Kim] is interested in cooling the situation down. He’s a very competent and mature politician. I think that settlement of the Korean peninsula’s nuclear problem is possible in the end, no matter how difficult it might seem. This could happen if all participants in this process, including the DPRK, could be sure that they could guarantee their security without nuclear weapons.

http://tass.com/politics/984727

11 January 2018

TASS

Monday, 8 January 2018

Kim Jong-un Urges Laying Groundwork For Normalisation of Ties with ROK

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On Sunday, KCNA news agency reported that DPRK leader Kim Jong-un said in an address to the nation:

We must lay the groundwork for normalisation of relations with the Republic of Korea. Our country needs to stick to a policy that’d lead to a breakthrough for an all-embracing unification. It isn’t worth stirring up the past and recalling specifics of relations with Seoul. Instead of this, we must improve relations between the North and South. It’s high time to unite the efforts of the Korean people to put an end to the escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. It isn’t only about the normalisation of the inter-Korean relations, but about a reconciliation of the nation and its free-will unification.

7 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/world/984126

Editor:

Note well how this differs from the propaganda issuing forth from CNN, the New York Times, the White House, and the Clintonista nutters. You may believe Mr Kim or you may believe the Anglo propaganda. I needn’t tell you where I stand…

By the way, neither Russia nor the PRC has abandoned the DPRK to American aggression. Both still stand committed to its defence in case of American invasion or attack. Don’t forget… Anglo Americans are consummate liars and cheats… “Winning is the only thing”.

BMD

Monday, 24 April 2017

Empty Threats: Why Trump’s Vow to Strike the DPRK Was a Bluff

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When the White House threatened Pyongyang with a potential strike if there was a new nuclear weapons test by the DPRK, the US task force was actually moving away from the Korean Peninsula. It appears that Donald Trump’s “armada”, led by the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, had only been approaching the DPRK figuratively. Trump told Fox Business Network:

We’re sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you. This deployment was part of our response to Pyongyang’s provocations.

Earlier, on 8 April, US Pacific Command stated that the Carl Vinson and its escorting task force would head to the Western Pacific in a “show of force” towards the DPRK. Predictably, the gesture prompted a fierce response from Pyongyang, which dubbed the supposed deployment of a task force in the Sea of Japan as a “reckless act of aggression”. A chain reaction of tough statements led to Pyongyang threatening the USA with a pre-emptive strike in the event of any US “political, economic, or military provocation” and prompted US Vice President Mike Pence to announce that “the era of strategic patience [towards the DPRK] is over”. Meanwhile, contrary to all expectations, the much-talked-about “armada” was heading toward Australia, far away from the Korean Peninsula. On Wednesday, Phil Stewart of Reuters noted:

It was even farther away over the weekend, moving through the Sunda Strait, and then into the Indian Ocean, as the DPRK displayed what appeared to be new missiles at a parade and staged a failed missile test.

On Tuesday, the US Pacific Command clarified that the flotilla needed to complete joint naval drills with Australia. The statement added that now the strike group was “proceeding to the Western Pacific as ordered”. The paradoxical episode prompted a heated debate in the media, with some observers claiming that Trump’s empty threats have dealt a blow to the new administration’s credibility and others blaming the embarrassing situation on a miscommunication between the Pentagon and the White House. However, at the same time, some experts called attention to the fact that Trump somehow toned down his harsh rhetoric toward Pyongyang during his recent interview with TMJ4-TV in Wisconsin. Trump expressed hope that DPRK Kim Jong-Un wants to maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula:

Hopefully, [Kim Jong-Un] wants peace, and we want peace. That’s gonna be the end determination. We’re gonna have to see what happens.

However, just a few days ago, US media circulated reports that Trump might order a strike against the DPRK if Pyongyang decides to carry out a new nuclear weapons test. Commenting on the matter, political scientist Aleksei Gusev told us:

It’s highly unlikely that the USA would engage the DPRK in a direct confrontation. There’ll be no strike against the DPRK, for the DPRK possesses not only nuclear weapons but also delivery vehicles… missiles with a range of about 5,000 kilometres. That’s enough to reach American territory. Therefore, it’s most likely that [the USA] wouldn’t launch a strike against the DPRK, for such an adventure could end very badly for the USA. Pyongyang remains a major irritant for the Trump administration. I don’t exclude a new nuclear weapons test on the part of the DPRK, as it has already conducted several nuclear weapons tests. Now, probably, there’ll be yet another atomic test… one can understand that Trump should issue a “serious” response [to it].

On Monday, Georgi Toloray, head of Korean studies at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, took a similar stance:

US threats toward the DPRK are a mere bluff. Now, Trump and his administration say that it’s necessary to act decisively and take measures against the DPRK, including military options. However, in my opinion, this is still a bluff. Primarily, this bluff has the aim of making China act more decisively towards the DPRK.

It seems that the Russian experts nailed it, given the fact that the Carl Vinson and its task force were heading away from the Korean Peninsula as Trump and Pence issued threats to Kim Jong-Un.

19 April 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201704191052780421-trump-strike-north-korea/

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