Russian President Vladimir Putin has weighed in on the current tensions that have plagued the United States, Japan, and South Korea in regards to the provocative military posturing of Kim Jong-un of North Korea.
In a meeting at the Kremlin between Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the two discussed an ongoing 70-year dispute over islands to the northwest of Japan that were occupied by the Russians following the end of World War II.
After the meeting, Putin spoke to the press, warning all sides involved in the current tensions to practice restraint and discontinue baiting each other with military exercises and movement of personnel and equipment.
As stated in previous days, U.S. Admiral Harry Harris testified before Congress that a specialized missile defense system has arrived in South Korea and will be assembled and ready to operate in mere days.
Those watching this situation are extremely worried about the possibility of an armed nuclear conflict between North Korea and the United States with its allies in Japan and South Korea.
A statement by Putin urging restraint is somewhat ironic considering the provocative movements of Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska on several occasions in the past few weeks.
In addition to that, there has been a stepped-up frequency of Iranian-U.S. tensions when the Middle Eastern country’s military vessels have been testing the limits of our patience. Just a few days ago, an Iranian attack ship with weaponry armed and ready approached U.S. Destroyer Mahan at a high velocity. This bold move prompted the warship to arm and ready its own systems before firing off two warning flares. Thankfully, that was enough to send the Iranian vessel off in another direction.
President Trump has been very candid regarding the North Korean tensions. Watch the video on the next page.