Tension on the Korean Peninsula has steadily transformed into a constant hum of worry in recent weeks, and Russia has now entered the fearsome fray in a big way.
Kim Jong Un has long followed a pattern set forth by his predecessors in which the dainty despot escalates and deescalates his aggression based on how it best suits him on the global stage. During this current iteration of his predictable play, the world has been forced to endure his ridiculous rants about Guam, total annihilation of the United States, and those foolish “yankees”.
While it may sound tough on the surface, much of what Kim is doing is nothing more than pedantic posturing, with the end goal of threatening worldwide aggression in order to achieve a rosier outlook for this poverty-stricken nation.
This week was no exception, as Kim and his state-run news agencies continued to poke and prod at the United States with a series of vile propaganda images that insinuated the annihilation of Guam while President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence looked on. This piece of drivel came as the United States began engaging with the South Korean government on annual military drills in the region; something that has irked not only North Korea, but apparently Russia as well.
“Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown a rare mission around the Korean Peninsula at the same time as the United States and South Korea conduct joint military exercises that have infuriated Pyongyang.
“Russia, which has said it is strongly against any unilateral U.S. military action on the peninsula, said Tupolev-95MS bombers, code named ‘Bears’ by NATO, had flown over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and Seoul to scramble jets to escort them.
“The flight, which also included planes with advanced intelligence gathering capabilities, was over international waters and was announced by the Russian Defence Ministry on the same day as Moscow complained about the U.S.-South Korean war games.
“‘The US and South Korea holding yet more large-scale military and naval exercises does not help reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula,’ Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, told a news briefing in Moscow.”
This development has not been widely reported by the mainstream media, however, as it doesn’t fit well in their phony narrative regarding President Trump’s allegiance to the Kremlin.
Russia shares only a scant 11-mile border with North Korea, but has surprisingly come to their defense more than a few times in recent months. While it would be easy to assume that there was a continental reasoning for this friendly development, it is much more likely that Putin and his military are simply looking to antagonize the United States.