North Korea has accused the United Kingdom of an ‘act of war’ for deploying ships off the Korean peninsula, an action carried out by London to enforce international sanctions against Pyongyang as a result of its nuclear and missile programs.
The North Korean official newspaper KCNA has quoted on Monday an unidentified spokesman of the Korea-Europe Association, who has described the London measure of an “extremely provocative act” at a time when Pyongyang and Seoul are trying to ease tensions.
This deployment is “nothing less than an act of naval blockade and an act of war that undermines peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” the North Korean spokesman said a week after the British government announced that a third vessel would join to maneuvers to interrupt illicit trade between ships in open waters.
KCNA has advised the United Kingdom to resolve its internal affairs, rather than “ingratiate itself with others and get involved in matters that are not their concern,” in reference to the problem that London has with the process of leaving this country of the Union European (EU), known as the Brexit.
(This deployment is) nothing less than an act of naval blockade and an act of war that undermines peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, “says a spokesman for the Korea-Europe Association in relation to the deployment of a British warship. in the region.
According to the source, the deployment of HMS Sutherland, an antisubmarine frigate of the British Royal Navy, which will join two British warships already stationed in the area, “is clearly an act that damages the positive trend for the improvement of relations North-South “.
In addition, it has denounced that the decision of the United Kingdom goes against the attempts to reduce the tensions in the Korean peninsula, which, in his opinion, “is welcomed by the whole world”, and has insisted that the measure is ” an act of violation of the sovereignty of North Korea. ”
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plans to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next Friday and will then meet with US President Donald Trump in May. The meetings will focus on the nuclear and ballistic programs of Pyongyang, as well as the provocations of Seoul and Washington in the region.