NATO: global response required for North Korea11/09/17Defence
NATO’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, has said that North Korea’s nuclear programme “is a global threat and requires a global response”.
Article 5 of the NATO treaty says that an attack on a member is considered an attack against all.
Stoltenberg told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “That of course also includes NATO.” However, he refused to comment as to whether an attack on the US overseas territory of Guam would trigger the military alliance’s collective defence pact.
“I will not speculate about whether Article 5 will be applied in such a situation,” Stoltenberg added.
“What I will say is that we are now totally focused on how can we contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict and press North Korea to stop its nuclear programmes.”
He further called for North Korea to cease its development of nuclear weapons, saying that it was a blatant violation of UN security resolutions and “a threat to international peace and stability”.
The comments from the secretary general are subsequent to a differing of decision amongst the UN Security Council on how to address the crisis, which follows North Korea’s latest missile test over Japan.
The US has drafted a resolution which would increase sanctions and cut off some of the last remaining source of income for Pyongyang, including oil import.
Despite this, Russia has expressed scepticism in regards to more sanctions, which have had minimal effect.
Appearing separately on the same programme, British Defence Minister Michael Fallon said that the US would have a right to ask other members of the United Nations to join defence of their territory, however that should be avoided.
“What we have to avoid at all cost is the spilling over in to any kind of military conflict.
“We’re working flat out at the United Nations to get a better resolution there, to enforce the existing sanctions. We are looking at sanctions across the European Union and, of course, we are trying to persuade China to keep its neighbour in check,” Fallon added.