London is closer to North Korea’s growing arsenal of missiles than Los Angeles, Sir Michael Fallon warned this morning.
The Tory Defence Secretary said Kim Jong Un did not “yet” have weapons that could reach Britain, but that he was “very concerned” about the ramping up of tensions between Donald Trump and the North Korean despot.
“We’re very concerned,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr. “And we’re not just observing it. We’re working extremely closely with the United States. The Prime Minister reviewed this with the President on Tuesday. I keep in touch with the American defence secretary.
“We’re doing now what we can to bring about a diplomatic solution. What we have to avoid at all costs is this spilling over into any kind of military conflict.”
He said Britain was “working flat out” at the United Nations to avoid a conflict, but that he was “very concerned” that we could be close to war in the Pacific.
The United States is fully entitled to defend its own territory, to defend its bases and to look after its people.
But this involves us. London is closer to North Korea and its missiles than Los Angeles.
Asked if he believed North Korea had a missile capable of hitting London, he said: “Not yet.
“But they are clearly accelerating their missile programme, the range is getting longer and longer.
“And we have to get this programme halted, because the dangers now of miscalculation, of some accident triggering a response are extremely great.”