Britain is preparing for war with North Korea as the potential for armed conflict between Pyongyang and Washington edges closer.
One option involves dispatching Britain’s new aircraft carrier, which is set to come into service later this year, before she has even carried out flight trials, reports the Daily Mail. The carrier would be escorted by Type-45 destroyers and Type-23 frigates, the newspaper added.
A senior Whitehall source said: ‘We have plenty of ships to send… the Type-45 destroyers, the Type-23 frigates.
North Korea claimed it has developed a sophisticated 120 kiloton hydrogen bomb small enough to be carried on an intercontinental missile.
Details of the secret operation plan have emerged after Donald Trump warned that “only one thing will work” when it comes to dealing with North Korea, which has continued nuclear and rocket tests despite widespread condemnation.
Britain is preparing for all-out war with North Korea – amid concerns that the escalating tensions between dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump could spiral out of control, according to a report.
HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is conducting sea trials in Portsmouth, is not due to enter service until 2020.
Moreover, previous governmental reports, such as a 2014 cross-party parliamentary investigation, indirectly imply such support is likely to involve the use of Trident, if the USA itself inserts a “nuclear dimension” into the conflict.
North Korea is being closely watched amid fears it could launch another long-range missile test on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the founding of its ruling party, The Telegraph reported.
Sir Michael Fallon, the Defense Secretary, said last week that the United Kingdom should increase its military spending in the face of growing threats from states such as North Korea.
The statement directly contradicted that of Rex Tillerson, the U.S. secretary of state, who told reporters last month that Washington had a direct line of communication with Pyongyang.
“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”, he said. This could mean that HMS Queen Elizabeth would need to be protected by surface ships from other nations.
“In the Falklands we had to react to an event and HMS Illustrious was accelerated to respond“, one British Navy official told The Daily Mail. This was a reaction to protect British territory, however.
“The UK would be part of a united global coalition” in the fight against North Korea, a Royal Navy source told the Mail.
For now, we must wait to see what North Korea will do next.