North Korea's 'reckless behaviour' requires global response, says Nato military chief Jens Stoltenberg

British defence minister Michael Fallon told the BBC military conflict should be avoided at all costs

Kylie Maclellan
Sunday 10 September 2017 16:52
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Kim at an event in Pyongyang celebrating the latest nuclear test
Kim at an event in Pyongyang celebrating the latest nuclear test

North Korea's "reckless behaviour" is a global threat and requires a global response, the head of the NATO military alliance said on Sunday.

NATO is not directly involved in the crisis, which saw Pyongyang carry out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test a week ago, but has repeatedly called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

"The reckless behaviour of North Korea is a global threat and requires a global response and that of course also includes NATO," NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with BBC television.

Stoltenberg declined to say whether the US territory of Guam, threatened by North Korea, was covered by NATO's Article 5, which says an attack on one member is an attack on all.

"We are now totally focused on how can we contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict," he said.

British defence minister Michael Fallon also told the BBC military conflict should be avoided at all costs.

Reuters

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