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If the Russians did not have nuclear weapons they would be just another 3rd world wannabe power.
This is factually wrong. Russia will always be "2nd world" by definition.
It's good you posted as A/C so as to prevent such a post from being associated with your identity. Words have meanings.
Coupled with the fact that the state of California has a higher GDP than Russia also means they have no economic leverage to on the international stage.
Big freaking deal. I have no love for Russia (or the mad man they have as a leader), but Caliornia's economy is HUGE.
The big surprise is that China has let NK get to this point without intervening. They could close their border and stop all deliveries of food, oil, and coal shipments. This would give NK just enough rope to hang themselves. Any hostile response directed from NK to China would give the Chinese all the reason they need remove all existing NK leadership and install their own people to govern the state. China would not face any criticism from the international community for their actions. As it stands NK actions have resulted in all the surrounding countries upgrading their missile defense systems that when coupled with the increase in US missile defense systems could weaken China's nuclear deterrent.
China needs an unstable NK, but not too unstable. Too stable or unstable, they risk the Koreas reuniting and China does not want a powerful ally to the US right on their border.
Never trust anyone who says money is no object.