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Published On: Mon, Sep 4th, 2017

NORTH KOREA: Theresa May refuses to back Donald Trump’s military action threats


The North Korean leader Kim-Jong-Un conducted a hydrogen bomb test over the weekend causing tensions to rise even further on the Korean peninsula.

US President Donald Trump was quick to condemn the test and fuelled speculation he will respond with military action following talks with ally South Korea. 

Rex Tillerson, US Defence Secretary, called for a military response as Kim Jong-un continues to build his nuclear arsenal. 

The artificial earthquake triggered by the detonations was stronger than previous blasts and even shook buildings in China and Russia. 

Shortly after the test, Mr Trump said on Twitter: “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test.

“Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the Unites States.

“North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.”

But in an act of defiance, Theresa May said she would not get behind the US Defence Secretary’s demands for a “massive military response” on the regime. 

Shortly after North Korea’s tests, Mrs May said the latest tests posed an “unacceptable further threat to the international community”. 

The Prime Minister called for tougher actions against Kim Jong Un’s regime. 

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson yesterday said the test was “reckless”, saying: “It’s our view in the UK overwhelmingly that peaceful diplomatic solutions are best. We really don’t see an easy military solution – the distance between North Korea and Seoul is very small.

“Much more productive is to continue the international diplomatic effort.

“What the Chinese always say is there’s a kind of equivalence between the South Korean/US exercises and nuclear exercises carried out by North Korea. We don’t accept that.

“Our message to the Chinese is that we think there’s more scope for you to put economic pressure on the North Koreans.” 

Theresa May’s spokesperson said earlier today: “As the Prime Minister made clear yesterday, and the Foreign Secretary made clear, our focus is on working with partners to increase pressure on North Korea and find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.”



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