Vladimir Putin has sent troops to Russia’s border with North Korea, over fears the US is planning an attack on Pyongyang. Putin seems concerned that any attack on North Korea’s capital could lead to a mass of North Korean refugees fleeing into Russia.
Local media in Russia’s Far East say residents have witnessed large military convoys traveling by train and road toward the North Korean border since the weekend.
A video carried on local news site DVHab.ru shows a train carrying heavy military equipment, including Tor surface-to-air missile systems, traveling through Khabarovsk purportedly in the direction of Vladivostok, which is 160 kilometers from the border.
Both the United States and North Korea have warned about the possibility of preemptive strikes, with Korean leaders recently warning that a nuclear exchange is possible. The threat appeared to be a response to comments by Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, who said on Wednesday the US was looking for ways to “bring pressure” on the North Korean regime into giving up its nuclear ambitions.
It was revealed earlier this week that a US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Carl Vinson would spend another 30 days at sea before heading towards North Korean waters.
Vostok Media said local residents have seen armored personnel carriers, helicopters, and other heavy equipment traveling south on the Khabarovsk-Vladivostok highway.
A few days ago, it was revealed that China had sent out 150,000 soldiers to its southern frontier to cope with the tidal wave of North Korea which could arrive if a war breaks out.