North Korea will soon have missiles capable of reaching UK, MPs warn

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The British Ministry of Defence believes North Korea will be capable of launching a nuclear strike as early as this summer and will have intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that can reach British soil.

The Ministry of Defence does not consider the United Kingdom to be a target of North Korea because Kim Jong Un's regime does not believe Britain is a threat, according to the report.

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The North's diplomatic outreach comes after an unusually provocative year in which it conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles created to target the USA mainland.

Worrisome thinking by a cross-party group of MPs working as a Defence Committee has warned that we could be in range of a nuclear strike by North Korea within 18 months, although they think we'll probably be OK as the regime doesn't deem us much of a threat.

"A nuclear strike capability depends on marrying up the ballistic missile with the warhead, and that is, we judge, work in progress", Howe said.

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"Our written evidence sets out where we are in dealing with that threat, but of course while we judge that Kim's offensive cyber-capability is mainly directed towards South Korea, the consequences of irresponsible use of viruses and cyber-weaponry are unpredictable by their very nature, as we saw with the WannaCry virus", Howe noted.

The meeting of working-level officials at the border village of Panmunjom was to discuss security, protocol and media coverage issues for the planned April 27 summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. They also suggested he could be "dissuaded from the use of nuclear weapons, by means of a policy of deterrence and containment".

Despite the doomsday scenario, the Defence Committee claimed the crack pot dictator was still rational and could be reasoned with.

However, they warned that despite the recent diplomatic thaw, North Korea is unlikely to abandon its weapon programme.

Kim proposed another concert in South Korea later this year with performers from the North in response to this week's shows in Pyongyang by K-pop artists, South Korea's Culture Minister Do Jong-whan told reporters in Seoul.

The five-member South Korean delegation on Thursday was led by Kim Sang-gyun, a senior director from the National Intelligence Service, who met Kim Chang-son, an official from the North's state affairs commission and five other delegates. "Similarly, there is a definite danger that North Korea would have few if any qualms about promoting nuclear proliferation to other states or even non-state actors".