Boris Johnson backs Trump sending military to North Korea to stop ‘nuclear Reservoir Dogs’

Monday, October 23, 2017
By Paul Martin

BORIS Johnson will today give his backing to Donald Trump to “prepare any option” in tackling the nuclear threat from North Korean.

By MACER HALL
Express.co.uk
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

In a hard-hitting speech, the Foreign Secretary will insist that the US President has “an absolute duty” to protect his country and its allies against aggression by the regime of Kim Jong-un.

He will also urge the US not to rule out a military strike against the dictator’s forces.

Mr Johnson’s remarks will come in a speech today at a conference about global security organised by the Chatham House foreign affairs think tank.

He is expected to say: “Kim and the world need to understand that when the 45th President of the United States contemplates a regime led by a man who not only threatens to reduce New York to ashes, but who stands on the verge of acquiring the power to make good on his threat, I am afraid that the US President – whoever he or she might be – will have an absolute duty to prepare any option to keep safe not only the American people but all those who have sheltered under the American nuclear umbrella.”

His speech will focus on the role of the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in limiting the spread of the weapons of mass destruction since 1970.

Diplomacy and dialogue are the only tried and tested way of preventing nuclear war, the Foreign Secretary will say.

Mr Johnson will highlight how after the Second World War many countries decided to “wisely” accept the protection of the “nuclear umbrella provided by the US”.

“Nations in both Europe and in Asia opted for this protection, a commitment that must be rated one of the greatest contributions by America to the unprecedented epoch of peace and prosperity that we have all been living through,” Mr Johnson will tell the conference in central London.

“And it was that American offer – that guarantee – that made possible the global consensus embodied by the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

“By this treaty 191 countries came together to recognise the special role of the five existing nuclear powers, and also to insist that there should be no further dispersal of such weapons.

“Nuclear technology would be made available to other countries, provided it was used exclusively for civilian purposes.

“That was a great diplomatic achievement.

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