Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes that a risk that the US-North Korea conflict could turn into a full-fledged is high and this will lead to a large number of victims.
“The risks are very high, especially regarding the rhetoric. We hear direct threats to use force. At the same time, US Secretary of Defense Mattis stated once again: Yes, this will involve a huge number of human casualties, and yet talks about a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, talks in Pyongyang, that it is necessary to strike the island of Guam, where several US military bases are located, do not stop,” Lavrov said according to the Russian state-run news agency Sputnik. “Of course, this concerns us very much.”
On Friday, US President Donald Trump tweeted that “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” hinting that Washington is ready for further escalation with North Korea.
Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 11 August 2017
On Wednesday, North Korea said that it was considering a missile attack near the island of Guam hosting several US military bases. The statement came after President Trump had threatened Pyongyang with “fire and fury” over its recurring missile tests.