The Chairwoman of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, confirmed to journalists that in early October of this year, the government of North Korea wrote a formal letter to Russia stating that Pyongyang was prepared to launch a nuclear strike on the USA.

Seeing as this statement came shortly after Donald Trump’s infamous threat to “destroy” North Korea during an insulting UN speech where he referred to Kim Jong-un as “rocket man”, it appears that North Korea’s promise to “visit rockets to the US mainland” made days later at the UN, were serious.

Russia’s channels of communication with both North Korea and the US allowed Moscow to be a kind of diplomatic envoy between the two countries which do not have formal relations. Russia’s diplomatic lines of communication may well have averted a nuclear war.

The most recent major weapons test in North Korea came on 15 September of this year, when North Korea tested a ballistic missile. Since then, there have been no missile tests or nuclear tests.

It is entirely possible, given this new information that Russia has used its diplomatic channels to de-escalate the situation unilaterally as the USA refuses to engage directly with Pyongyang and China’s relations with the DPRK are incredibly strained at this time.

Russia / AA Magnum Analyst Blog News 2017.


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