Britons are against British armed forces getting involved in military efforts on the Korean Peninsula – but would support the United States taking action.

A solid majority (57%) of Britons would oppose British Armed Forces taking part in US led military action against North Korea if it continues to develop long range missiles, while less than a quarter (24%) would support this. Even in the event of an outright attack on the South by North Korea, more people (47%) would oppose British involvement than support it (34%).

There is strong support, however, for the US taking action on its own. When asked the same questions without mention of UK involvement, the numbers are inverted: 44% support the United States taking action against North Korea if long range missile development goes on, while more than six in ten (63%) say they would support US military action against North Korea in the event of an attack on the South.

North Korean Soldiers by SRA Jeffrey Allen (PD)

North Korean Soldiers by SRA Jeffrey Allen (PD)

US opinion on North Korea:

The numbers are strikingly similar to the results of a YouGov USA poll last week which showed that when Americans are asked the same questions, 45% support US military action in the event of continued missile development and 58% support it if North Korea attacks South Korea.

The survey also confirmed that the British public are less convinced than their American counterparts of the gravity of the recent sabre-rattling by North Korea and its young leader. Forty-four per cent of Britons think the recent threats by Kim Jong-un are merely a political stunt, versus 39% of Americans.

You can see more on this story on YouGov’s website with interactive data graphs.

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