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Talk to Kim Jong-un or face a North Korean "nuclear winter", says Boris Johnson

Mirror logo Mirror 23/10/2017 Andrew Gregory

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Boris Johnson will say diplomacy and dialogue are the key to solving the North Korea crisis and averting a “nuclear winter”.

Tensions are running high after despot Kim Jong-un carried out his largest nuclear blast and threatened to detonate another device above the Pacific.

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed the US was in “direct contact” with Pyongyang – which President Donald Trump has threatened to annihilate.

Credits: UIG via Getty Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: UIG via Getty Images In a major speech at Chatham House tomorrow, Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson will say: “It is right that Rex Tillerson has opened the door to dialogue.

"This is the moment for North Korea’s regime to change course and, if they do, the world can show that it is once again capable of the diplomatic imagination that produced the Nuclear Non-­Proliferation Treaty.”

Kim Jong-un sitting at a table in front of a window: Credits: AFP © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: AFP

Addressing global security experts at the London summit, Mr Johnson will warn of the consequences of failing to reach a diplomatic solution with Kim.

Telling delegates that the 1970 Treaty averted “a nuclear version of the final scene of Reservoir Dogs” – the 1992 heist movie ended in a stand-off and mass shoot-out – he will add: “A generation has grown up with no memory of the threat of nuclear winter and little education in the appalling logic of mutually assured destruction.

“The Treaty is one of the great diplomatic achievements of the last century.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Credits: Getty Images North America © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Images North America “It is the job of our generation to preserve that agreement and British diplomacy will be at the forefront of the endeavour.”

But he will add that the President has “an absolute duty to prepare any option to keep safe not only the American people but all those who have sheltered under the American nuclear umbrella”.

Mr Johnson will also urge Mr Trump not to quit the Iran nuclear deal as it illustrates the “diplomatic imagination” that could solve the North Korea crisis.

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