Russian President Vladimir Putin had plenty to say on the Kremlin’s website before leaving for the BRICS nations summit in China. According to Reuters, President Putin is advising the two nations to begin a dialogue with one another since they are “balanced on the verge of a large-scale conflict.”
President Putin wrote, “It is essential to resolve the region’s problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions [for such talks]. Provocations, pressure and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere.”
The Russian president went on to say, “In Russia’s opinion, the calculation that it is possible to halt North Korea’s nuclear missile programs exclusively by putting pressure on Pyongyang is erroneous and futile.”
North Korea once again escalated the conflict on Tuesday by launching a mid-range ballistic missile over U.S. ally Japan. Kim Jong Un called the launch a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam, which is home to a number of key U.S. military bases.
President Donald J. Trump’s response came swiftly and said that “all options are on the table” after the latest missile launch by North Korea.
The president continued in a written statement released by the White House: “The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior.”
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull responded to President Trump’s message by saying, “If North Korea were to attack the United States, as they often threaten to do, there would be a conflict which would be a suicide note from North Korea’s point of view. Kim Jong-un is playing a game of very, very dangerous brinkmanship.”
It’s important to note that Turnbull also believes war is not the only answer and that economic sanctions could work, as well. When referring to the North Korean dictator, he added: “If he starts a war, he will lose it instantly.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov weighed in by telling Sec. of State Rex Tillerson that Russia is urging all parties to do everything possible to circumvent a military solution to the crisis. Additionally, he said that Moscow views any potential sanctions against North Korea as “counterproductive and dangerous.”
Lavrov spoke to Tillerson several hours after President Trump tweeted that “talking is not the answer” when it comes to dealing with North Korea.
China joined in the discussion by saying that war is not an option in finding a solution to the growing North Korean crisis. China’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Col. Ren Guoqiang, told reporters on Thursday that all parties should exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that escalate tension.
The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2017
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