Russia Tells North Korea ‘Any Miscalculation’ Could Lead To War

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Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov alerted North Korea on Monday, saying that any mistake from from Kim Jong Un and his army could lead to war.

Ryabkov carried through on former threats that Russia made, emphasizing that North Korea needs to immediately stop its continuous nuclear tests and on-going threats to countries around the world, saying “there should be no room for escalation.”

“Those who are smarter and stronger should show restraint,” he said. “Given the current situation, any miscalculation may lead to a political or military outbreak, rather than to a nuclear test like the one recently conducted, which actually reflects the deteriorating situation in Northeast Asia,” Ryabkov told reporters.

President Donald Trump said that all options are on the table for dealing with North Korea’s repeated missile tests and its recent test of a hydrogen bomb, as well as its sixth and most powerful nuclear test Sunday, and the White House is not backing down.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued a statement to North Korea Sunday, saying the country would be hit with a “massive military response” if it continues to threaten the U.S.

Mattis mentioned that any threats to the U.S. and its allies, including territories like Guam, would cause the U.S. to respond with strong military action. (RELATED: Mattis Alerts North Korea: ‘Massive Military Response’ If They Continue To Threaten US)

“We believe that Pyongyang should stop its provocative actions, which destabilize the situation, but after saying this, I cannot but point out that this protracted crisis can only be resolved through political and diplomatic means,” Ryabkov said.

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