On Thursday, North Korea asked a startling question: “When will the war break out?” That was “the remaining question” the regime had after the United States and South Korea conducted a joint military exercise on the peninsula.
North Korea's foreign ministry, according to Reuters, said the U.S. made war inevitable after its “confrontational warmongering” and Thursday's drill involving 230 aircraft.
“We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it,” the regime added.
Russia and China both responded by pushing the U.S. and North Korea away from war.
“The outbreak of war is not in any side's interest. The ones that will suffer the most are ordinary people,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov offered to help facilitate U.S.-North Korean negotiations.
“We know that North Korea wants above all to talk to the United States about guarantees for its security. We are ready to support that, we are ready to take part in facilitating such negotiations,” Lavrov reportedly said.
The ministry's statement, which also described an outbreak of war as an “established fact,” came amid growing tensions between the regime and the United States. Despite onerous sanctions from the United States and United Nations, North Korea continued its provocative missile launches, with the latest at the end of November.
The Trump administration pushed for a diplomatic resolution to the two nations' conflict, but according to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, North Korea's latest launch “brought the world closer to war.”