Russia and China teamed up to issue a stern warning to the United States today.
At a joint conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, both called on Washington to halt installation of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system in South Korea.
THAAD is capable of shooting down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles – all weapons that North Korea purportedly has been testing.
Despite endorsing the United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea on March 2, China and Russia see the U.S.' deployment of THAAD as exceeding what is necessary to defend against any North Korean threat.
"Relevant countries shouldn't use Pyongyang's acts as a pretext to increase their military presence on the Korean Peninsula," Lavrov said during the conference, according to CBS News today.
The foreign ministers' meeting comes amid renewed tensions. South Korean officials claimed that the North attempted unsuccessfully to test-fire two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles just yesterday.
Meanwhile, North Korea also had some harsh words for America today…
Russia and China's Estranged Former Ally Also Issued This Warning to U.S.
Earlier this morning, North Korea accused U.S. soldiers of attempting to provoke its frontline troops.
It warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom.
If American soldiers don't cease this behavior immediately, North Korea warned, they'll meet a "dog's death any time and any place," according to FOX News this morning.
North Korea also claimed that American "GIs hurled fully armed MPs of the South Korean puppet army" while making lewd gestures and "disgusting" facial expressions.
The U.S. and South Korean militaries had no immediate official responses regarding these accusations.
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- FOX News: North Korea Accuses American Soldiers of 'Hooliganism' Along Border
- CBS News: Russia, China Warn U.S. Over Perceived Asia Meddling