Theresa May refuses to rule out military and cyberattacks on North Korea

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Paul Martin
30 Aug, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile test over Japan and refused to rule out using cyber warfare, or even taking part in military action.

May arrived in Japan on Wednesday morning in the midst of an escalating crisis over Pyongyang’s latest missile launch and will have discussions with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about what can be done.

“We will be redoubling our efforts with our international partners to put pressure on North Korea to stop these illegal activities,” May told reporters en route to Tokyo.

She urged China to intervene more vigorously in curbing North Korea’s missile ambitions, calling Beijing “the key” to defusing tensions.

“China has, I think, a very key role to play in terms of the pressure it can bring,” May said.

“I have said this to President Xi. Others have as well. We think that China has a role to play and we’d encourage China to do everything it can to bring pressure on North Korea to stop this.”

During the overnight trip to Tokyo, May declined several times to rule out the possibility of military action or cyber warfare against the rogue state, according to the Telegraph. A Whitehall source even raised the possibility that cyber warfare might already be in use, saying: “If we’re doing that, we certainly wouldn’t be telling you.”

On Tuesday, Pyongyang launched a missile that flew over Japan before landing in the Pacific, triggering the national J-alert system, which tells the Japanese population to take cover.

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