Russia sends troops to border with North Korea: Reports
Russia has reportedly sent troops and equipment to its border with North Korea, as the United States and North Korea trade threats of military attacks against one another.
According to Press TV quoting local media, video footage has emerged appearing to show trains carrying heavy military equipment, including armored personnel carriers and helicopters, toward Russia’s southeast on the Khabarovsk-Vladivostok highway on Saturday and Sunday.
The city of Vladivostok, which hosts Russia’s Pacific Fleet, is just 100 miles from the North Korean border.
“Some say the situation around North Korea is fiction, but this is the third train of equipment we’ve seen since this morning,” a man can be heard saying in the video. “Looks like something is being sent to the Korean border.”
One of three trains filmed was also loaded with Tor surface-to-air missiles. It was reportedly traveling through Khabarovsk in the direction of Russia’s border with the North.
Another video apparently shows the movement of at least military helicopter and army combat vehicles movements towards the North Korean border.
A spokesman for the Eastern Military District, Colonel Alexander Gordeev, said that the Tor missiles filmed in the region were likely returning from exercises last month in neighboring Buryatia.
The Russian government on Friday declined to comment on the reports. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said deployments of Russian troops inside Russia’s own borders were not a public matter.
Meanwhile, South Korean media reported that China has moved an extra 150,000 troops to its own border with the North.
Fears over an imminent military clash between the US and North Korea have been on the rise since the US announced last week that it has dispatched a strike group, including an aircraft carrier, to the Korean Peninsula in response to Pyongyang’s “provocations.”
North Korea’s rapidly developing missile and military nuclear programs have unnerved Washington. The presence of US forces in the region and repeated threats of military action by Washington have on the other hand angered the North.