BRITAIN is ready for war if “reckless” North Korea starts a nuclear conflict, the Defence Secretary has warned.
Sir Michael Fallon said the UK was conducting a series of military drills alongside the US as tensions continue to rise with dictator Kim Jong-un’s regime.
As fears gather that the hermit kingdom’s missile launches could trigger World War3, Sir Michael said Britain’s decision-making would be “rapid”.
And he revealed nuclear submarine crews at the Clyde naval base in Scotland are “ready” for war, should it break out.
Nuclear submarines are “ready” for war
Sir Michael told the Daily Mail: “North Korean tests have shown the danger of rogue states developing longer-range missiles.
“By hosting this cutting-edge exercise, Britain is at the forefront of developing a more effective response to this growing threat.”
Sir Michael Fallon at the Clyde base
Tensions with North Korea have ratcheted up in recent days with North Korea accusing Donald Trump of declaring war on the country.
Kim Jong-un is threatening war
Sir Michael was speaking after holding security talks with Nato’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the 29 ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council at Clyde.
And he warned the UK’s nuclear deterrent was the only way to fend off Pyongyang’s military ambitions.
Is Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong running North Korea
“We have to exhaust every conceivable diplomatic channel before we start considering any kind of military action.”
Mr. Stoltenberg said: “We continue to work for a peaceful political negotiated solution to the crisis in Korea and we continue to strongly condemn the testing, the development of missiles and nuclear weapons.
“At the same time every nation has the right to defend itself and of course also the United States has the right to defend itself against attacks and Nato is there to defend all allies and that’s part of self-defense, which is part of the UN Charter.
“We will continue to work for maximum pressure on North Korea to create the conditions for a negotiated solution.
“We call on North Korea to abandon its missile programmes and nuclear programmes and we support the efforts to step up the pressure on North Korea including with economic sanctions.”