Amb. Matthew Rycroft, the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has said the UK supports the warning by U.S President, Donald Trump to return “fire and fury” against North Korea.
Speaking to UN Correspondents on Wednesday shortly after the Security Council meeting, Rycroft said both the U.S and UK are united against Pyongyang if it continues to conduct nuclear threats.
“The United Kingdom stands shoulder to shoulder with the United States in tackling this threat and many others.
“We are united in calling on the North Korean regime to halt its nuclear programme.
“The whole of the Security Council has come together behind that and I think that we should see the President’s public comments as one of the many strands of US activism,’’ the British envoy said.
Rycroft pledged that the UK would continue to work closely with the United States and its international partners to ensure that North Korea is not able to pursue its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile programmes.
“The United States has been very clear about its position.
“The United Kingdom has been very clear about our position and we call on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s regime to listen to that clarity.
“We call on DPRK to act on that clarity, to halt its nuclear programme; to halt its intercontinental ballistic missile programme, and it holds the key to sanctions being removed,” Rycroft said.
On Tuesday, North Korea said it is considering plans to fire “medium-to-long-range” ballistic missiles on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
The strike plan would be put into practice at any moment once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision, a spokesman for the Korean People’s Army (KPA) said in a statement carried by the North’s state-run KCNA news agency.
The DPRK was reacting to a warning by President Trump that any threat to the United States by North Korea would be met with “fire and fury”.
Trump’s warning came after Pyongyang said it would “make the US pay dearly” for helping spearhead the passage of new UN sanctions against North Korea in response to two recent missile tests.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday over its continued missile tests, a decision that angered Pyongyang.