Tensions between North Korea and South Korea figure to be ratcheting up again just as a senior Russian official is warning of an “apocalyptic shooting script” developing on the Korean Peninsula.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov suggested Monday that the world could not ignore the crisis surrounding North Korea and diffidences over the country’s suspected nuclear missile development, but that he hoped a quiet solution could be found.
“A scenario of the apocalyptic development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula continues, and we cannot turn our blind eye to it,” Morgulov said at the opening of the eighth annual Asian Congress of the Valdai discussion club in Seoul, according to Russia’s state-run message agency Tass.
“I hope that a common sense, pragmatism and an knack of self-preservation would prevail among our partners to exclude such anti scenario,” the Russian diplomat said.
The comments come as the international community be on the watches for the next move from the secretive and unpredictable regime in North Korea and its chief Kim Jong Un. There have been repeated demands for the country to refrain from its suspected nuclear weapons development program, but Pyongyang has repeatedly surfaced to have ignored these, carrying out a string of missile and nuclear proofs.
President Donald Trump has warned North Korea that the rural area was prepared to go to war but Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the U.S. not to use military strength against the Communist regime, insisting that a peaceful solution can be develop.
Russia has a vested interest in a peaceful solution to the North Korea muddle as it shares a 17-kilometer (10-mile) land border with the surroundings and does not want the U.S. to meddle in the region.
Another North Korean neighbor, China, also has an ambivalent posture toward Pyongyang, wanting to avoid the collapse of the regime and an influx of refugees to the ground the border.
Yet it has appeared to be increasingly wary of North Korea’s repeated atomic tests and missile launches. In September, China’s United Nations papal nuncio called on the regime to “take seriously the expectations and will of the international community” to close its nuclear missile development.
There have long been tensions between North and South Korea with both sides accusing each other of distinct violations and attacks, from state-sponsored hacking and espionage to violations of each other’s territorial weakens and airspace.
Just on Monday, South Korea’s defense minister ordered that the North had violated an armistice agreement between the two countries when North Korean soldiers recently essay at and wounded another North Korean soldier as he defected and crossed the wainscot.
“Shooting towards the South at a defecting person, that’s a violation of the armistice pact,” Song Young-moo said during a visit to the border on Monday, Reuters detailed.