Report: Kim Jong Un Sent Russia’s Putin Letter Outlining An Attack On American Soil
One of the things that the North Korean government probably has not taken into account with all of the posturing that they have done militarily towards the United States as of late is the notion that maybe the United States will eventually get tired of their nonsense…
A report from a state-run Russian news outlet claims that a North Korean delegation to an international body handed a letter to the speaker of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, declaring that “Pyongyang was prepared to conduct a nuclear strike against the United States.”
The report was made Saturday by Sputnik News, an English-language propaganda source of the Kremlin.
According to the report, the letter was submitted at Inter-Patliamentary Union talks in St. Petersburg to Speaker Valentina Matvienko, one of the highest-ranking politicians in Russia.
The letter was addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin and supposed to be passed to him.
However, it’s unclear whether it actually was relayed to Putin. The U.K. Daily Mail claims that it was, while Sputnik is ambiguous, reporting that “Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday he was unaware of a letter that was sent from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Vladimir Putin.”
That said, I’m pretty sure that any Russian parliamentarian who received a letter for Putin from the North Korean delegation with information like this and didn’t pass it on would need to spend the rest of his or her life checking the soup for traces of polonium-210.
So let’s assume that if the letter exists, it was delivered.
Sputnik reported that word of the letter comes after a source “told Sputnik that Washington changed its stance on the North Korean issue after it had been informed about the content of the letter.”
The rest of the article was typical post-Pravda Russian propaganda, with a report of Vladimir Putin’s suggestion that to solve the North Korea situation, “first of all, halt the rhetoric, then halt all the manifestations of aggression from all the sides, and sitting down at the negotiating table eventually.”
And all of that in an article where it’s conceded the North Korea “was prepared to conduct a nuclear strike against the United States.” Impressive handling of cognitive dissonance by whoever wrote this thing.
There are three things to keep in mind here. The first is that this is Sputnik News, which is more reliable as a barometer of what the Kremlin wants the world to think than it is as a source of news.
The second is that this comes as South Korea and the United States conduct large-scale naval drills off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. This is a major source of consternation for Pyongyang and its enablers. On Monday, North Korean officials said the United States “is now running amok for war exercises by introducing nuclear war equipment in and around the Korean Peninsula, thereby proving that the US itself is the major offender of the escalation of tension and undermining of the peace.”