British Government Condemns North Korean Missile Launch

The British Government has condemned a missile launch made this week by North Korea. Donald Trump, the President of the United States, also condemned the launch and said that “nobody’s happy about it”.

A statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:

“The UK regrets North Korea’s decision to carry out further short range ballistic missile launches. As we have made clear, we fully support the US in its efforts to achieve North Korea’s denuclearisation through negotiations.

Until North Korea abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in accordance with the Resolutions passed by the UN Security Council, sanctions must remain in place and be fully enforced.”

Foreign Secretary Welcomes North and South Korea Agreement

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has welcomed news that the North Korean and South Korean Governments have reached agreement to get rid of their nuclear weapons.

Johnson said in a statement:

“I welcome the announcement that the two Koreas will work towards the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea, improve bilateral ties and reduce border tensions.

This historic summit is not the end in itself. There are still many questions to be answered. Kim Jong Un’s commitment to halt all nuclear and intercontinental and intermediate range ballistic missiles tests is a positive step. We hope this indicates an intention to negotiate in good faith and that Kim has heeded the clear message to North Korea that only a change of course can bring the security and prosperity it claims to seek.

The UK will continue to work with our international partners to strictly enforce existing sanctions until such time that North Korea turns its commitments into concrete steps towards denuclearisation”.

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, said on Twitter:

“KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”.

Theresa May Speaks with President Xi of China

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has been in discussions over the phone with President Xi of China. The pair discussed numerous issues, particularly the situation in North Korea, international trade and global security.

“The Prime Minister spoke to President Xi of China earlier today. They agreed the UK and China should continue to consolidate the “Golden Era” of bilateral relations and deepen our strategic partnership, including on trade and investment, where President Xi noted that Chinese confidence in the UK economy remained very strong and where they agreed there was potential to build an ambitious post-Brexit bilateral trading arrangement, and on security cooperation, where President Xi offered his condolences over the recent London terror attack.

They agreed the situation in North Korea was deeply troubling, and that North Korea’s recent missile tests were a flagrant violation of international commitments.

They agreed the latest sanctions were a powerful sign of the international community’s unity in opposing North Korea’s illegal tests and that strict implementation and enforcement of the sanctions was vital.

They agreed that as joint permanent members of the UN Security Council, there was a particular responsibility on the UK and China to help find a diplomatic solution. They agreed the UK and China should continue working closely together to increase pressure on the North Korean regime to abandon its nuclear programme”.

Prime Minister Speaks to US President Regarding North Korean Missile Tests

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has spoken by phone to Donald Trump, the President of the United States, regarding the recent North Korean missile tests. She also gave condolences on behalf of the UK following the Hurricane Harvey, which has caused substantial damage and killed over fifty people.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

“Theresa May today spoke with President Trump to discuss North Korea’s most recent missile tests, which have been conducted against all standards of international behaviour.

The Prime Minister stressed that the regime poses a threat not simply to its region but to global peace and security, and it was important for the international community to send out a clear message that such irresponsible and provocative actions must end.

Mrs May said Britain would work with the US and international partners to continue to exert economic pressure on North Korea through further measures including sanctions.

The Prime Minister noted the importance of the UN Security Council continuing to present a strong and unified international voice by reaching swift agreement on new measures.

The Prime Minister said she would also work with EU leaders on further measures the EU could take to pressure the North Korean regime.

The Prime Minister and the President agreed on the key role which China has to play, and that it was important they used all the leverage they had to ensure North Korea stopped conducting these illegal acts so that we could ensure the security and safety of nations in the region.

During the call, the Prime Minister also extended her condolences to the President and the US public for the loss of life and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and expressed the UK’s solidarity with the US people at this time”.

Prime Minister Condemns North Korea for Missile Launch

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has condemned North Korea for its latest missile launch. South Korea and Japan have confirmed that they are increasing their missile defences, with the United Nations Security Council also meeting urgently to discuss the situation.

May said in a statement:

“This latest action by North Korea is reckless and poses an unacceptable further threat to the international community.

I discussed the serious and grave threat these dangerous and illegal actions present with Prime Minister Abe in Japan this week and reiterate the call we jointly made for tougher action, including increasing the pace of implementation of existing sanctions and looking urgently in the UN Security Council at new measures.

This is now even more pressing. The international community has universally condemned this test and must come together to continue to increase the pressure on North Korea’s leaders to stop their destabilising actions”.

Foreign Office Minister Summons North Korea Ambassador

Mark Field, the Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, has summoned the North Korea Ambassador to protest about the country’s missile launch over Japan last week.

Field said in a statement following the meeting:

“I summoned the North Korean ambassador to the Foreign Office today and made clear how strongly the UK condemns the regime’s launch of an intermediate range missile over Japan on 28 August.

Once again, North Korea’s reckless actions violate multiple UN Security Council resolutions and threaten international security. The UK will work with our partners and allies to tackle this threat.

I urge the regime to end its illegal pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missiles and return to dialogue with the international community”.

Boris Johnson Condemns North Korean Missile Test

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has condemned a missile test launched by North Korea. The Pentagon said that the North Koreans had launched the missile from Mupyong-ni and it travelled around 1,000 kilometres before falling into the sea near to Japan.

Johnson said in a statement:

“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”.

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, said:

“Threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people”.

Boris Johnson Supports New UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has welcomed a new United Nations Security Council Resolution on North Korea. The increased action by the UN follows by the repeated missile testing which the country has been involved with over recent weeks.

In a statement Johnson said:

“Britain and the international community have taken further action to address the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a new Resolution that extends sanctions against North Korea’s illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programmes to more individuals and organisations.

With this Resolution, the international community has sent a clear message. We are united against North Korea’s dangerous behaviour and its continuing disregard for international security. The UK calls on North Korea to return to the negotiating table and halt all activity that breaches UN Security Council resolutions. This is the only way to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula”.

Government Criticises North Korean Missile Tests

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The Government has condemned North Korea after reports emerged that the country has been engaged with missile tests.

Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said:

“This latest provocation, yet another violation of UN Security Council Resolutions, underlines the threat that North Korea presents to regional and international security.

In conducting this test, North Korea has again shown its blatant disregard for its international obligations and the UK will be working on a strong multilateral response through the UN and EU”.

CNN reported that an official in the United States said:

“North Korea’s sub launch capability has gone from a joke to something very serious”.

British Government welcomes agreement between North and South Korea

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Hugo Swire, a Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, has welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea on the matter of the Korean Peninsula.

The agreement comes after days of localised disagreements including artillery and propaganda spread on loudspeakers. There had been concerns that North Korea had been increasing its armed presence on the border and that the situation could escalate.

In a statement Swire said:

“This is a welcome development which demonstrates the importance of dialogue and diplomacy. I am especially pleased both sides have committed to hold further talks to try to improve inter-Korean relations. Both countries working together to improve stability is a positive step which I hope, in time, will realise the international community’s vision of a de-nuclearised Korean Peninsula, free from the fear of conflict”.