Boris Johnson warns the world faces ‘catastrophe
Boris Johnson warns the world faces ‘catastrophe it hasn’t seen before’ if North Korea perfects nuclear missile
The world faces a “catastrophe that it hasn’t seen before” if Kim Jong Un realises his nuclear ambitions, Boris Johnson warned today.
The Foreign Secretary warned the situation in North Korea, – a “rogue nation” was “very, very serious.”
In a Facebook video, Johnson referenced Donald Trump mocking the North Korean leader as “rocket man,” yesterday.
The President told the UN “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime” and added that if the US was “forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea”.
Johnson joked: “Elton John is getting a place in Donald Trump’s speeches.”
But he added: “Of course it’s very, very serious. The world faces a catastrophe that it hasn’t seen before, that is a rogue nation being able to use an ICBM (Inter-continental Ballistic Missile) equipped with a thermonuclear hydrogen warhead.
“That is very, very dangerous, something we have got to stop.
“The key to it, we think, is to work together with all our friends and partners here in the UN, get the Chinese to put more economic pressure on Pyongyang.”
At the summit, Mr Johnson met Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and urged him to keep up the pressure on North Korea.
The Foreign Secretary told the Guardian: “No one in their right minds wants to see the US driven to use its military options – I do not see any good military options – and that is why all the pressure has to be on the Chinese to tighten the sanctions on oil.
“That is the jugular of the North Korean economy.