Johnson: UK working to bring diplomatic end to North Korea crisis
The Foreign Secretary said Britain was working with allies to overcome the stand-off between Pyongyang and Washington.
Boris Johnson has said the regime of Kim Jong Un is responsible for the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear programme and must now “fix it”.
In a series of posting on his Twitter feed, the Foreign Secretary said Britain was working with the United States and allies in the region to find a diplomatic solution to the stand-off between Pyongyang and Washington.
The North Korean regime is the cause of this problem and they must fix it— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 12, 2017
Mr Johnson said the North Korean regime was to blame for current tensions and must be the ones to fix it.
He aded: “The international community is shoulder to shoulder in ensuring North Korea stops its aggressive acts.
“We are working with the US and our partners in the region to bring this crisis to a diplomatic end.”
The international community is shoulder to shoulder in ensuring North Korea stops its aggressive acts.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 12, 2017
Mr Johnson’s intervention came as Chinese President Xi Jinping appealed to both sides for calm amid fears the worsening war of words between North Korea and the US could lead to a military conflict with catastrophic consequences for the region.
In a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, he urged both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.
The Americans have been pressing China to pressure North Korea into abandoning its nuclear programme amid fears that it is close to developing a missile which could hit the US mainland.
State-run China Central Television quoted Mr Xi as telling the president that the “relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula”.
The call followed the latest barrage of threats from Mr Trump, declaring the US military forces were “locked and loaded” and warning Kim he “will regret it fast” if he takes any action against US territories or allies.