Published On: Sun, Jul 30th, 2017

Boris Johnson warns the UK will 'confront the threat' of North Korea after ICBM launch

The Foreign Secretary condemned Kim Jong-un’s missile launch and reaffirmed Britain’s steadfast commitment to the US and its allies.

Mr Johnson said: “The UK strongly condemns North Korea’s second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile and calls on the regime to immediately stop all activity that breaches UN Security Council resolutions.

“The UK will stand alongside our allies and partners as we confront the growing threat North Korea poses to regional and international security.

“Once again North Korea shows no regard for its international obligations.

“We urge the DPRK regime to put the well-being of its own people ahead of the illegal pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.”

Mr Johnson’s warning echoes Donald Trump’s condemnation of the missile blast.

Mr Trump said: “The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.” 

In the aftermath of the ICBM launch, the US and South Korea carried out its own surface-to-surface missile test in the Sea of Japan.

And following North Korea’s missile launch on Friday, Kim boasted that his missiles could strike any mainland US city.

State news agency KCNA said the launch was a “stern warning” to the United States if it attempted overthrow the despotic regime.

The mouthpiece said: “The test-fire reconfirmed the reliability of the ICBM system, demonstrated the capability of making a surprise launch of the ICBM in any region and place any time, and clearly proved that the whole US mainland is in the firing range of the DPRK missiles.”

Pyongyang’s missile is believed to have reached an altitude of 2,200 miles (3,540 km) and flew for 45 minutes before landing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to officials from Tokyo.

Analysts from the US calculated that on a normal trajectory, Kim’s missile could potentially strike major US cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago or even New York.

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