By now, most people are used to North Korea’s antics and provocations. Despite the fact that they have a massive ground army and nuclear weapons, it’s difficult to take their threats seriously anymore. Their latest transgressions involve threatening a preemptive nuclear strike in response to joint US and South Korean military maneuvers. They’ve also recentlytested two missiles in the Sea of Japan, and have claimed that they have the ability to place miniature nukes on their missiles.
But this time around is different, in that North Korea is facing sharp criticism and veiled threats from an unlikely source. The Russian foreign ministry recently released a statement that basically threatened North Korea with an invasion if they don’t stop acting out.
As Super Station 95 highlights, the situation is tense:
“We consider it to be absolutely impermissible to make public statements containing threats to deliver some ‘preventive nuclear strikes’ against opponents…Pyongyang should be aware of the fact that in this way the DPRK will become fully opposed to the international community and will create international legal grounds for using military force against itself in accordance with the right of a state to self-defense enshrined in the United Nations Charter.”
Russia also condemned the US and South Korea for their military exercise, which was a practice run for launching attacks against nuclear facilities in the North, as well as their leadership.