NORTH KOREA will be able to drop nuclear bombs on Britain within 18 months, a former top military chief has said.
Sir Richard Barrons, the ex-commander of Joint Forces Command, gave a set of dire warnings about the failure of the British military to respond to changing warfare.
Reuters North Korea could have the capacity to build a missile to reach us within months
He told MPs on the Commons Defence Committee that one of Britain’s greatest threats came from North Korea, which “within the next 12 to 18 months, will make a nuclear missile to an intercontinental-range ballistic missile that can reach London”.
And he claimed: “We can’t deal with that”.
He added: “We now live in an age where people who are not on our side have capability that they could – not saying they will, they could – inflict on the UK homeland at short notice, which we can’t deal with.
“The armed forces are to some extent locked in a denial that they can hold this together. They can’t hold this together. They are effectively fielding holograms of capability in some cases.”
Sir Richard Barrons said that North Korea and Russia were two of the greatest threats Britain was facing Alamy Live News North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is facing increasing pressure to curtail his nuclear weapons programme and testing
Back in September the former Defence Secretary Sir Micheal Fallon warned about the risk of North Korean nukes – and said it would only be a matter of time before the UK could be a target.
And he added that an accidental clash was “extremely great”.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has repeatedly infuriated world leaders by carrying out a variety of illegal nuclear tests.
And it was claimed yesterday by Robert Hannigan, the former chief of Britain’s spy agency GCHQ, that the UK should expect more cyber attacks from the rogue state in the coming months – after it crippled NHS systems back in May.
Reuters The cyber attack disabled NHS computer systems across the country
Sir Richard claimed today that Britain’s armed forces were “broken” and it would “fall over” unless Government agreed to pump in an extra £2billion into the forces over the next four years.
And he slammed ministers for failing to respond to the changing threats and ignoring warnings from defence chiefs for a DECADE.
“There are risks to the UK homeland that the UK just cannot deal with, risks to the UK’s place in the world,” he says, adding that the army was “20 years out of date” due to cuts.
Sir Micheal had called last month for the Tories to spend more than the required 2 per cent of GDP on defence – in an attempt to plug gaps.
Sir Richard also spoke up about the threat of Russia – just hours after Theresa May gave a stark warning
Getty – Contributor Britain’s military were ‘fielding holograms of capability’ in some cases London News Pictures Former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon called for more funding for the military just last month