PM: North Korea is threat to UK

David Cameron has warned it would be "foolish" to consider abandoning its Trident deterrent because the UK faces an increased threat of a nuclear attack from regimes including North Korea. He claimed rockets from Pyongyang could hit Britain.

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Very little behind North Korea's daily threats

North Korea's nuclear threats to the US and its allies are daily and blistering but there is very little substance to them.

There is no evidence Kim Jong-un's country has accurate long range missiles, meaning that the US - and Britain - is not in imminent danger.

However, North Korea does have short and medium range missiles meaning that the threat is real for South Korea.


  1. Debi Edward - ITV News Scotland Correspondent

PM: Trident deterrent is 'best insurance' UK can have

David Cameron is telling his audience in Glasgow that having the Trident nuclear deterrent is the "best insurance policy that you can have that you will never be subject to nuclear blackmail".

It took three questions to get on to the subject of cuts, with the Prime Minister saying that "defence can't be exempt altogether from difficult decisions".

He says that the new aircraft carriers, Typhoons and other Army kit will be best in the world despite the cuts.


PM appeals to 'hearts and heads' in call for union

The Prime Minister launched into a brief argument for Scotland remaining as part of the UK after the Scottish referendum in 2014.

He said he believes the case for union can win the "arguments of the heart" as well as the "arguments of the head".

He said he is proud of what the UK has achieved together, such "defeating fascism" and the NHS and BBC.

But he also drew attention to the more than 12,000 people in Scotland employed by the defence industries, which he said were backed by the whole of the UK.

Nuclear expert: Cameron 'correct' about N Korea threat

The Prime Minister has said that it would be "foolish" for Britain to abandon its Trident nuclear deterrent system in the face of threats from N Korea and other regimes.

Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and disarmament, at the International Institute for Strategic Studies believes the David Cameron is "correct" in his assessment.

The Prime Minister was certainly correct as to the growing nuclear threat from North Korea and the uncertainties of the future.

North Korea does not have any missile capabilities that could hit Britain and it is difficult to envision circumstances when North Korea ever would want to attack the UK even if they could.

But as Mr Cameron noted, North Korea is a notorious source of missile and nuclear technology to other outlier states.

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