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Lavrov: Any Military Conflict With The DPRK Can Lead To A Million Victims

24.10.2017 11:34

Any military conflict with the DPRK could lead to a million victims on its first day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. "All the leading experts recognize that any military scenario will have catastrophic consequences," he stressed, "and on the first day of a possible armed conflict there will be hundreds of thousands, if not more than a million victims."

According to Lavrov, the American leadership has repeatedly stated that on the table are all options for solving the conflict on the Korean peninsula, including the military one. "We, of course, paid attention to the fact that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, meeting with US President Donald Trump in early November, said he would fully support the US position," the Russian Foreign Minister said.

The situation on the Korean peninsula remains tense. In July, Pyongyang twice tested ballistic missiles, on August 29 and September 15, carried out two more rocket launches that flew over the territory of Japan, and on September 3 announced the successful test of a hydrogen charge for the warhead of an intercontinental ballistic missile. At the same time, the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea regularly organize military exercises in the region.

So, today it was reported that 6 F-22 fighters of the US Air Force will join the joint exercises of South Korea and the US Vigilant Ace on December 4-8.