Russia, China and North Korea to Hold Trilateral War Games

September 5th, 2023 - by Kyle Anzalone / Libertarian Institute

In Response to US War Games, Russia, China
and North Korea Planning Trilateral Exercises
Kyle Anzalone / Libertarian Institute

(September 4, 2023) — South Korea’s intelligence services believe that Russia, China and North Korea are preparing to conduct joint military drills. Moscow, Beijing, and Pyongyang have all frequently complained about American war games near their borders.

According to Yoo Sang-bum, a South Korean legislator, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu likely proposed that North Korean soldiers join Russian and Chinese troops for military exercises during a July meeting with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. Yoo says he learned the information during a closed-door discussion with South Korea’s National Intelligence Service.

The report comes as Moscow, Beijing and Pyongyang have become increasingly frustrated with Washington and its allies conducting war games near their borders. Last week, US and South Korean soldiers wrapped up the Ulchi Freedom Shield annual joint military exercises which included sending American strategic assets to the Korean Peninsula. In response to the drills, Kim ordered his forces to conduct a test of their nuclear capabilities.

In the South China Sea, Washington contests Beijing’s territorial claims by sending warships into Chinese waters and claiming the deployment is a “freedom of navigation operation.” Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin explained that NATO war games in Ukrainian territory were viewed as an intense provocation by Moscow.

On Saturday, the Kremlin’s envoy to Pyongyang, Alexander Matsegora, explained North Korea’s participation in joint military exercises with China and Russia was an “appropriate” response to “constant bilateral and trilateral exercises” being held by the US and its “junior partners in Asia.”

Update: On Monday, Shoigu confirmed Moscow was planning to conduct joint military drills with Pyongyang. Additionally, the Russian defense minister said Kim was planning to travel to Russia for an upcoming meeting with Putin.

Pyongyang Test Fires ‘Tactical’ Ballistic Missiles
As US Flies Bombers, Conducts War Games

Connor Freeman / Libertarian Institute

(August 30, 2023) — Hours after the US flew bombers in separate joint air drills with Tokyo and Seoul, North Korea test fired two short-range ballistic missiles. This comes as Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has warned that increased military provocations by the US, Japan, and South Korea could cause a nuclear war.

Ancillary to Washington’s massive Ulchi Freedom Shield annual joint war games with Seoul, a US B-1B flew alongside South Korean FA-50 jets and American F-16s on Wednesday. This marks Washington’s tenth such bomber flight this year.

The 11-day exercise involves tens of thousands of troops from both countries and will run until August 31. Pyongyang has denounced the drills as war rehearsals and responded by conducting a missile launch last week, which Kim personally oversaw.

Tokyo participated in a trilateral naval missile defense drill with the US and South Korea on Tuesday. In another exercise on Wednesday, two US B-1B bombers joined 12 Japanese fighters including four F-15 jets.

South Korea’s military announced Pyongyang launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea just hours later. Japanese media reported the two missiles landed outside of Tokyo’s exclusive economic zone.

North Korean state media described the missile launches as a “warning” against Washington’s strategic bomber deployments. Since 2022, gargantuan joint US-South Korean live fire war games have resumed and, in response, the DPRK has launched more than 100 missiles.

“The missile unit fired two tactical ballistic missiles northeastward at Pyongyang International Airport and correctly carried out its nuclear strike mission,” the KCNA news agency report added. The test-fire simulated strikes on South Korea’s command posts and airfields.

In a statement, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said “our military has strengthened surveillance and vigilance in preparation for additional provocations, and is maintaining full readiness through close cooperation between Korea and the United States.”

Under the Joe Biden administration, tensions have been soaring on the Korean peninsula largely as a result of myriad war games which have seen the White House deploy nuclear capable bombers, aircraft carriers, and armed Reaper drones. Last month, a US nuclear-armed submarine docked in South Korea for the first time since 1981.

“Owing to the reckless confrontational moves of the US and other hostile forces, the waters off the Korean Peninsula have been reduced into the world’s biggest war hardware concentration spot, the most unstable waters with the danger of a nuclear war,” Kim admonished during a speech on Tuesday.

Last week, Biden, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met at Camp David. The White House declared the three sides agreed to a “multi-year trilateral exercise plan,” entailing a “multi-year trilateral framework that includes annual, named, multi-domain trilateral exercises, which will constitute an unprecedented level of trilateral defense cooperation.” The burgeoning alliance is ancillaryto Washington’s buildup in the Asia-Pacific for a coming war with China.

US Space Force officials said on Wednesday that the US and South Korean militaries will be closely integrating their systems for tracking Pyongyang’s missile launches, eyeing deeper cooperation – in the near term – with Japan.

The US intelligence community assesses Kim will use his nation’s nuclear-armed status solely as a means for achieving political and diplomatic ends, not for offensive military purposes. Expanded war drills will surely inflame tensions with Pyongyang.

However, Washington’s crippling sanctions remain imposed indefinitely as US officials periodically threaten the country with obliteration. The White House demands North Korea’s complete disarmament and denuclearization.

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