Britain is preparing for all-out war with North Korea — amid concerns that the escalating tensions between dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump could spiral out of control, according to a report.
Among the plans being mulled is the deployment of the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the 65,000-ton HMS Queen Elizabeth, before it has undergone flight trials.
“We have plenty of ships to send … the Type-45 destroyers, the Type-23 frigates. Britain’s new aircraft carrier could be pressed into service early if things turn south,” a senior Whitehall source told the Daily Mail.
The HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is conducting sea trials in Portsmouth, is not due to enter service until 2020.
Plans to deploy it ahead of schedule drew comparisons with the start of the Falklands War.
“In the Falklands we had to react to an event and HMS Illustrious was accelerated to respond,” a navy source told the Mail.
“This was a reaction to protect British territory, however. In this case [North Korea], the UK would be part of a united global coalition. We would see what support we could give.”
On Tuesday, the rogue regime will mark the anniversary of the founding of its ruling party, and it is feared that Pyongyang will mark the occasion by launching another missile.