The Russian president said Friday that his country will continue to develop its nuclear arsenal, days after signing a new mutual defense pact with Kim Jong Un.

A key U.S. ally fired warning shots Friday — live ones to repel North Korean soldiers and a diplomatic volley to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin, as tensions rise after his new mutual defense pact with Kim Jong Un.

South Korea, which has so far only provided non-lethal aid to Ukraine, said it was considering arming Kyiv in response to a newly forged alliance between Moscow and Pyongyang reminiscent of the Cold War that has alarmed officials in the West.

Putin said that doing so would be a “very big mistake.”

“If this happens, then we will also make appropriate decisions that the current leadership of South Korea would hardly like,” he said during his state visit to Vietnam on Thursday, which immediately followed the lavish Pyongyang visit. “We reserve our right to supply weapons to other regions of the world,” he added.

The Russian president’s saber-rattling continued Friday, when he said that Russia will continue to develop its nuclear arsenal as a deterrent.

    • ThePowerOfGeek@lemmy.world
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      Russia reminds me of the black knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He has all his limbs cut off by Arthur, to the point where he’s just a useless torso perched on the ground. But he’s still defiantly insulting Arthur and looking for a fight.

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        Legitimate question, is Russia still able to get all the materials required to make nuclear ICBMs?

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          Or is North Korea if they just get the technology and not the parts?

          I mean the first ICBM test was launched in 1957. This isn’t exactly cutting-edge stuff and they still fuck it up at present.

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            ICBM is old tech but it has advanced a ton over the decades. It is insane how accurately the US can lob a nuke across the Pacific and hit a designated test target.

            The new Russian ones are supposed to dodge interceptors at their final stage and fly crazy fast.

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              The new Russian ones are supposed to dodge interceptors at their final stage and fly crazy fast.

              The war in Ukraine has proven that what they say they can do and what they can actually do, militarily speaking, is vastly different. I’d be surprised at this point if a russian ICBM isn’t just a homing pidgeon with a grenade strapped to it.

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              The difference between what Russian tech is “supposed” to do and what it actually does has been, historically speaking, significant. I’ll believe this if they manage to credibly get one single munition past a Patriot emplacement or past Aegis. Until then it’s all talk.

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              North Korea can’t even successfully launch satellites most of the time. I don’t think they’ll be able to do much with Russian ICBM technology if they can’t do something that Russia has been able to do since 1957.

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        Feel free to explain to me the logic of threatening to arm a country that you’re coming to asking for them to arm you.

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            I’m not sure why you think anyone reading would give any credence to someone who says “what you said is wrong but I’m not going to tell you why,” but you do you.

            Edit: Also, you’re a troll account. Probably the same one as yesterday that said Russians were black people. Toodles.

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              A one day old account spouting bullshit a troll?

              Surprised Pikachu

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    With what weapons asshole… Are you going to give North Korea back the weapons that you just desperately needed from them… Piss off you mental midget

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          I mean have them and have working “them” are entirely different monsters.

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            Russian nukes don’t work either. They are over 50 years old and have been maintained almost exclusively by notorious black market scalpers. All of the rocket fuels, guidance system parts and detonation components on the black market in the last several decades have come from Russian systems.

            If any of them would successfully launch, they would likely not make it to their target. If any of them made it to their target, they likely would not detonate. If any of them detonated, they would likely be duds.

            Putin is a toothless saber rattler who needs to be Putdown.

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    Saying things out in the open that have long been shadow policy. Remember it was Russia and China that helped push SK troops out of NK when the war was hot 70 years ago. The hermit kingdom continues to exist because of aid from those countries.

    For a long time the world was mostly aligned that more nuclear armed countries added risk, slowing proliferation, but there’s a reason the great powers key allies somehow seemed to still implement successful nuclear programs.

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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    A key U.S. ally fired warning shots Friday — live ones to repel North Korean soldiers and a diplomatic volley to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin, as tensions rise after his new mutual defense pact with Kim Jong Un.

    South Korea, which has so far only provided non-lethal aid to Ukraine, said it was considering arming Kyiv in response to a newly forged alliance between Moscow and Pyongyang reminiscent of the Cold War that has alarmed officials in the West.

    Seoul summoned the Russian ambassador Georgy Zinoviev on Friday, with South Korea’s foreign ministry issuing a statement demanding that “Russia immediately stop military cooperation with North Korea.” The ministry added that the Kremlin’s support threatens its security and violates U.N. Security Council resolutions.

    While Seoul has described the crossings as unintentional, commercial satellite imagery obtained by NBC News showed a new wall-like barrier being erected in the past months along portions of the North Korean side of the demarcation zone (DMZ), which is a 2.5 miles thick buffer zone, half on each side of the border line.

    “North Koreans are building wall sections, not a continuous wall across the entire DMZ,” Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, told NBC News.Border tensions have been escalating for a while, with South Korea resuming aerial surveillance near the boundary and declaring null parts of the 2018 military accords.

    Following that exchange, Kim suspended the accords altogether, restoring guard posts along and sending trash-filled balloons over the border.


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