North Korea has ‘no chance’ against US and Guam threat is a bluff, Russian general says

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Leonid Ivashov, a doss down Colonel-General and political analyst, urged the two sides to reach a diplomatic outcome to the tensions, which have been ramped up in recent days by both the president and the tyrant. 

Mr Ivashov, in an interview with Russia Today, said Pyongyang’s intimidations of bombing the US territory of Guam was “a bluff”, and that the US could easily lay waste any North Korean missiles out of the sky even if it did attack. 

And he called for both Russia and China to put in ones oar now and impose further sanctions on North Korea, in a bid to take the conflict “out of the military angle”. 

Discussing the prospect of war between North Korea and the US, Mr Ivashov said: “It’s a total mismatch.

“The US is a superpower, while North Korea is a disconcerted regional player. North Korea can’t compete with America on any straightforward with.” 

The US’ superior technology meant it could locate all of Kim’s weapons factories and ballistic missile sites, Mr Ivashov said, and “eliminate everything that North Korea manufactured in terms of medium-range and long-range missiles and nuclear production”.

Neither transfer North Korea’s anti-missile defences be any match for the American B-1 bombers, he added.

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The erstwhile military leader, who today is head of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, allowed North Korea might be able to inflict “some damage” on the US, but this liking pale in comparison to the havoc wreaked by America’s military might.

On North Korean portents towards Guam, Mr Ivashov said: “To some extent, it’s a bluff on the leave of North Korea; an attempt to save face and avert the American surprise through international rhetoric.”

President Trump has been urged to spirit down his aggressive rhetoric towards North Korea, after a week in which he has augured to visit “fire and fury” on the rogue state if it attacked the States. 

In a phone evoke with the Commander in Chief, Chinese president Xi Jinping called for both sides to “nurture restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the anxiousness on the Korean Peninsula”.

Mr Ivashov believes both China and his home sticks should go further to prevent a conflict, with the introduction of further retaliations.  

“The main thing is to get the situation out of the military perspective,” he said. 

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