Thursday, a spokesman for the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quoted by the Korean Central News Agency as saying war with the U.S. is now inevitable because of “warmongering” exhibited by the current Vigilant Ace drills, and other “provocations” by the U.S. and its allies.
The statement read:
The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the U.S. in succession are creating touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from the U.S. high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact. The remaining question now is: when will the war break out.
The careless remarks of war by the inner circle of Trump and the reckless military moves by the U.S. substantiate that the current U.S. administration has made a decision to provoke a war on the Korean peninsula and is taking a step-by-step approach to get there.
The world should not harbor any prejudice in discerning who the main culprit behind the tense situation on the Korean peninsula is and who the violator of world peace and stability is. The U.S. is going frantic in advertising the nuclear war on the Korean peninsula every day and this invites our due vigilance.
We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the U.S. miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened.
If the U.S. does not want to be burnt to death by the fire it ignites, it would better behave with prudence and caution.
The Vigilant Ace drills, an annual aerial joint exercise, are scheduled to continue through Friday. Meanwhile, China is urging calm. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang issued the following statement:
We hope all relevant parties can maintain calm and restraint and take steps to alleviate tensions and not provoke each other. The outbreak of war is not in any side’s interest. The ones that will suffer the most are ordinary people.
According to Japan’s Asia Press International, Russia—not China—has been propping up Kim Jong-un’s regime with “massive amounts” of oil exports, allowing North Korea to drop the price of oil and gasoline for its citizens. The United Nations has failed to curb those imports, or to put any serious sanctions on their sale. Russia and China have each balked at such sanctions, and each holds veto power in the UN Security Council.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told reporters earlier this week:
"We have channels, through which we are conducting a dialogue, and we are ready to deploy them, we are ready to exert our influence on North Korea. We believe that the isolation alone will not work; this won’t take us forward. By doing this, we will only worsen the situation, which is dangerous. We are really on the brink of a real war."
Meanwhile, Russia’s Sputnik state-run media outlet claims North Korean officials are now ready to negotiate.