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Britain have been urged to play a ‘central role’ to diffuse tensions between Kim Jong-un and Trump

It comes as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un warned the Trump administration to “better talk and act properly,” if it did not want “the American empire to meet its tragic doom”.

Last night sources close to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson revealed he was “itching to get stuck in” to a major foreign policy challenge.”

Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, former commander of Britain’s Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment and Nato’s Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion, said: “There is a case to be made for the British Government to act as honest broker between the US, China and Russia and the DPRK.

“China and Russia have agreed to sanctions, but are still keeping their distance despite having reach in the region. The UN Security Council could do more to persuade them, but its ineptness over Syria shows its limitations.

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Boris Johnson is reportedly ‘itching to get stuck in’ to a major foreign policy challenge


The North Korean regime is the cause of this problem and they must fix it

Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary


“Britain is a fellow P5 nation (the nations, including the US, France, China and Russia who are permanent members of the UN Security Council) and still commands diplomatic credibility in the region.”

Col de Bretton-Gordon, who consults US government departments over nuclear threats, added: “There are important voices in the Trump administration who are not adverse to Britain taking a more central role and ratcheting down tensions. 

“Our special relationship is closer than ever.”

The Foreign Office has reaffirmed its position of supporting US efforts to “maintain pressure and counter the security threat posed by North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons”.

Supporting the official line Mr Johnson confirmed Britain was “working with the US to bring this crisis to a diplomatic end” and tweeted: “The North Korean regime is the cause of this problem and they must fix it.”

But sources close to him revealed that while he was “full on” with Brexit he would welcome the opportunity of engaging more directly in the crisis.

One said: “Of course, much of his attention is taken with Brexit, but Boris believes he has a role to play and is itching to be given the opportunity. I think it’s widely right that, while he takes it seriously, there is some frustration that Brexit is taking up so much of his foreign policy agenda. 

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Mr Johnson confirmed Britain was ‘working with the US to bring this crisis to a diplomatic end’

“He considers himself ready and willing to play a more prominent role in the current crisis.”

As tensions mounted, Chinese President Xi Jinping last night urged Donald Trump to “exercise restraint and avoid remarks and actions that escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula”.

The US President warned North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Friday that “military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely”.

Mr Xi confirmed he had telephoned Mr Trump, who is holidaying at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort, to urge restraint.

Mr Trump and Mr Xi “agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour”, the White House said and reaffirmed their mutual commitment to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula. 

A White House spokesman added that the relationship between Mr Trump and Mr Xi was “extremely close” and “will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem”.

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Kim Jong-un was warned that the US military were ‘locked and loaded’ should he act unwisely

Sales of gas masks have soared in the face of the Korean crisis. Avon Protection, one of the world’s leading providers of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear equipment, said sales of its hoods had shot up by 25 per cent in the US, Japan and South Korea.

Costing around £85 the mask, originally developed with the Metropolitan Police, protects against radiation-contaminated dust for up to 150 minutes.