Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, highlights the success of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in limiting the spread of nuclear weapons.

23 October 2017


The Foreign Secretary points to the success of the nuclear deal with Iran and expresses his confidence that the deal can be preserved despite President Trump’s announcement of decertification.

He urges North Korea to change its current course, and rejects the examples of Libya and Ukraine as cautionary tales for Kim Jong Un of giving up his nuclear programme. In contrast, he argued that Kim’s current course is the biggest threat to his regime.

Further, he cites the willingness of China to adjust their policy and bring economic pressure on North Korea as the biggest reason to be optimistic about a diplomatic solution – though he supports the US in keeping a military option on the table.