Putin ‘moves military forces’ to North Korean border as world prepares for WAR
VIDEO has been released allegedly showing a mass military mobilization in Vladivostok, Russia, just eight miles from the border with North Korea, as the world edges towards war.
A military convoy of eight surface-to-air missiles, part of Russian Air Defence, were on the move..
“One has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi”
Russia has reportedly moved military vehicles towards the city, which is within striking distance of North Korea.
The dramatic move, unconfirmed by the Russian government, was spotted by residents in the border city and posted on social media.
This comes as North Korea warned that they are prepared for all-out war with the US, while China pleads for the two powers to back down from escalation.
Since the emergence of the Vladivostok footage, fears have grown that North Korea could become the trigger for a conflict involving the US, China and Russia.
Both China and Russia consider North Korea as a necessary buffer state, which they need to keep stable for their own national security.
According to the reports, a military convoy of eight surface-to-air missiles, part of Russian Air Defence, were on the move.
The S400 anti-aircraft missiles were moved to Vladivostok, where Vladimir Putin already has a major navy base.
North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action, after holding a military parade that showed off new intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
Officials from the despotic regime have said that the country will “hit back with nuclear attacks” if necessary.
There is mounting speculation that current leader Kim Jong-un will soon order a new nuclear test.
This comes after a US aircraft carrier group continues to move towards the region.
President Donald Trump has already pledged to remove the threat from the Korean peninsula.
China has pleaded for the US and North Korean to back down from the war-footing.
On Friday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that “conflict could break out at any moment”.
He said: “We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other and not to let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage.”
Air China, owned by the Chinese government, decided to end its service between Beijing and Pyongyang, amid fears of an escalation.
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China enlists Russia help to avert North Korea crisis
China has sought to enlist Russia’s help to cool tensions over North Korea amid fears among Beijing’s leaders that hostilities between the United States and Pyongyang are imminent.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the appeal in a phone conversation with Sergey Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, after telling reporters that conflict could break out “at any moment”.
A statement on China’s Foreign Ministry website said Mr Wang told the Russian diplomat: “China is ready to coordinate closely with Russia to help cool down as soon as possible the situation on the peninsula and encourage the parties concerned to resume dialogue.”
The comments were in relation to the six-party talks, exchanges which centred on concerns over North Korea’s weapons program which were launched in 2003 but stalled in 2009 when North Korea walked out.
South Korea, Japan Russia, China and the US were the other countries involved.
Beijing has this week pleaded with Pyongyang and Washington to find a peaceful solution to tensions which have escalated sharply amid fears that North Korea is set to carry out its sixth nuclear test since 2006.
US President Donald Trump sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the region, heightening concerns in China that North Korea – an old ally – might provoke a strong response from Washington if it tested military hardware.
Mr Wang told reporters on Friday that a conflict could break out “at any moment” as he urged both sides to pull back from an “irreversible and unmanageable stage”.
Mr Trump has “demonstrated a certain level of obsession and pride toward US military prowess”, said the tabloid, which has close links to the ruling Communist Party.
“North Korea must have felt the shock wave traveling all the way from Afghanistan,” it added in an editorial.
“It would be nice if the bomb could frighten Pyongyang but its actual impact may just be the opposite.”
Pyongyang’s “logic”, the newspaper said, is that the regime would suffer the same fate as Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gaddafi if it fails to obtain weapons which could respond effectively to the firepower of its enemies.
“The ‘Mother of All Bombs may once again misguide Pyongyang, leading it to believe that it is crucial to upgrade its explosives,” the Global Times editorial said.
“The US seems to enjoy a privilege to do whatever it likes. To the world, this could bring more danger than security.”
Mr Trump has been urging China to do more to confront North Korea over its build up of nuclear power, warning that the US will act unilaterally if Beijing was not willing to help.
Details of his phone call to Mr Lavrov came as Chinese state media warned on Saturday that Mr Trump would bring “more danger than security” to the world by unleashing US military firepower to solve crises.
The influential Global Times newspaper said Mr Trump “may go down in history as the ‘war president’” after Washington’s recent missile strike against the Syrian regime and the US dropping the biggest ever non-nuclear bomb in its history on an Islamic State tunnel in Afghanistan earlier this week.
The US president tweeted on Tuesday: “If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!”
Analysts believe that Mr Trump is sending a message to China – not North Korea – with his confrontational language towards Pyongyang and his show of force with the aircraft carrier strike group.
The US president is not seeking to become embroiled in hostilities with Kim Jong-un’s regime, but to “harden” China’s position towards the reclusive state by unnerving Beijing into reining in its wayward neighbour, they say.
John Delury, a senior fellow of the Center on US-China Relations and an Professor of International Studies at Yonsei University, in Seoul, South Korea, warned that Mr Trump’s “bluff” could backfire.
“His coy allusions to a military ‘solution’ appear to be a bluff designed to harden Beijing’s position against their ally in Pyongyang,” he said.
“Such hardening, however, usually proves cosmetic, if not illusory.”
Professor Delury said Beijing is seeking a diplomatic solution to the issue, rather than the “endless tightening of sanctions, or, as Trump seems wont to do, dangle the threat of war.”
“Kim Jong-un can be expected to continue his country’s progress toward a robust nuclear deterrent until such point as he sees another path that better serves his self-interests,” he warned.