Russia's far eastern territory needs to prepare for the event of a nuclear exchange with North Korea, Interfax reported Wednesday, citing concerns expressed by an unnamed Russian security official.
"The need has emerged for an appropriate package of precautionary measures," the Russian security source said in a Reuters report
"We are not talking about stepping up military efforts but rather about measures in case a military conflict, perhaps with the use of nuclear weapons, flares up on the Korean Peninsula," he said.
North Korea's behavior has been seen as erratic by the international community, and the country's latest reaction to international pressure over its nuclear test on Monday was to dismiss the armistice signed with South Korea at the end of Korean War. The comments from North Korea have prompted Russian Foreign Ministry officials to express concern that war is looming.
"We assume that a dangerous brinkmanship, a war of nerves, is under way, but it will not grow into a hot war," a Russian Foreign Ministry official said, according to Reuters.
Russia is a member of the U.N Security Council and holds veto capabilities.