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Путь Китая к миру на Корейском полуострове

ПЕКИН – На Корейском полуострове назревает новый кризис. В середине февраля Северная Корея провела испытание баллистической ракеты средней дальности. 1 марта Соединенные Штаты и Южная Корея начали совместные, беспрецедентные по своему масштабу и интенсивности, военные учения.

Эти военные учения пройдут до конца апреля и будут включать значительное количество наземных, воздушных и военно-морских сил из обеих стран, включая стратегические активы, такие как бомбардировщики B-52 и авианосецUSS Carl Vinson. И, вопреки возражениям России и Китая, США ускоряют развертывание противоракетной системы для высотного заатмосферного перехвата ракет средней дальности (THAAD) в Южной Корее.

В тот же день, когда США и Южная Корея начали свои военные учения, Северокорейский лидер Ким Чен Ын проинспектировал штаб смешанной военной части номер 966 Корейской Народной Армии. Пять дней спустя, Север выпустил четыре баллистические ракеты, одна из которых, предположительно, упала в 200 милях от береговой линии Японии. Испытания заставили большинство экспертов предположить, что Северная Корея значительно расширила свои ядерные и баллистические возможности, и что к 2020 году она сможет оснастить миниатюрными ядерными боеголовками ракеты большой дальности, способные достичь континентальных США.

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