Russian marines deployed to their Primorye region that borders North Korea after the rogue state conducted their most alarming missile test to date.
On Tuesday North Korea lofted a newly developed Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile that many are saying is capable of striking anywhere in the mainland United States. The test triggered an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting, at which United States U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley threatened total annihilation of North Korean President Kim Jong Un's regime.
The Russian naval infantry troops boarded landing craft and swarmed off of Russia’s Pacific Fleet ships and assaulted beaches in the simulated landing exercises. The Russian marines are scheduled to conduct live fire exercises in the coming weeks.
Over the past three months, Primorye, Russia's border region with North Korea has been the seen of escalated Russian military drills, including airborne exercises and air-to-ground bombing exercises, as tensions between the West and Kim Jong Un continue to escalate. The Russians are preparing for, and expecting, armed conflict.
It is unclear what role the Russians would play in the event of military hostilities between the US and North Korea, but they do have a border to protect regardless of the politics involved.
The Chairman of Russia's Security Council Nikolai Patrushev told a state news agency, “We have an interest for everything to be resolved through political and diplomatic means...” but in reference to unavoidable armed international conflict on the Korean Peninsula Patrushev continued, “We are assessing this and preparing. This will not be something unanticipated by us,” according to News Week.
Tuesday's missile test was their 18th this year, and the weapon delivery system went much further than any of their previous attempts. Although the missile system is technically capable of reaching the east coast of the United States, we have yet to see proof of any kind of North Korean technology that would make the warhead capable of reentering the atmosphere intact and with accuracy.
The following video shows a past Russian Naval exercise carried out in Crimea. The footage will give viewers an idea as to what the current drills look like for the Russian marines deployed to the North Korean border.