Russian President Vladimir Putin sounds the alarms, and I think more importantly to North Korea to back up and reflect on this.
Putin said foreign interventions in both Iraq and Libya had convinced Kim Jong-Un that he needed nuclear weapons to survive.
Putin is probably right about the likelihood of diplomacy working, but his quote has a significant inaccuracy. The one who won’t turn away from nukes is Jong-un, who of course will never eat a blade of grass; he will make other people eat grass. Putin has always had a problem distinguishing between the decisions of self-interested leaders and the will of regular citizens who suffer the consequences.
Don’t get me wrong, I trusted Putin over Barack Obama for a good reason and hopefully, he’s more engaging with North Korea to back down, but Russia’s future and the U.S. future are on opposite paths, as they have always been.
Source: The Guardian
Putin was attending the Brics summit, bringing together the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Speaking on the final day of the summit in Xiamen, China, he said Russia condemned North Korea’s provocations but said further sanctions would be useless and ineffective.
Foreign interventions in Iraq and Libya had convinced the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, that he needed nuclear weapons to survive, Putin said.
“We all remember what happened with Iraq and Saddam Hussein. His children were killed, I think his grandson was shot, the whole country was destroyed and Saddam Hussein was hanged … We all know how this happened and people in North Korea remember well what happened in Iraq.
“They will eat grass but will not stop their [nuclear] programme as long as they do not feel safe.”
Putin’s warning came as South Korea refused to rule out redeploying US tactical nuclear weapons on its territory – a move that could seriously harm efforts to ease tensions as signs emerged that Pyongyang was preparing to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Seoul has routinely dismissed the option of basing US nuclear weapons on South Korean soil for the first time since the 1990s, but the country’s defence minister, Song Young-moo, said “all available military options” were being considered to address the growing threat from North Korean missiles.
Both Russia and China border with North Korea, there is no way that either will allow the Kim Jong-un regime to collapse, create a refugee situation or a nuclear debacle. Besides, North Korea lacks natural resources.
The one argument that I can agree with if Kim attacks than North Korea will turn into another Iraq. But this time we will be fighting a man (technically a fat child) with real nuclear weapons. Kim needs to step off his high horse and end his rage against the United States. He will just wind up dead along with millions of innocent lives.
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