Russia and China have both dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels to follow the nuclear powered U.S.S. Carl Vinson in waters off of the Korean Peninsula, according to officials in the Japanese government.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported on a story in the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shinbun saying that both Russian and Chinese navy officials are tracking the movements of U.S. ships in the region.
“It appears that both countries aim to probe the movements of the United States, which is showing a stance of not excluding military action against North Korea. The Self-Defense Forces are strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area,” according to the sources in the Japanese government.
China and Russia say they want to settle the situation peacefully, in contrast to the standard American approach of unleashing the war machine.
The Tribune said, “China and Russia, which prioritize stability in the Korean Peninsula, showed concern over the tough U.S. stance, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying the issue should be resolved peacefully through political and diplomatic efforts.”
The dispatch of the intelligence-gathering vessels appears to be partly aimed at sending a warning signal to the United States.
President Donald Trump ordered the Vinson and other military vessels to travel to the region last week after launching a missile attack against a Syrian air base. Interestingly, it was an attack that actually aided ISIS in their attack on Western Palmyra.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)