Australia stands unflinching amid North Korea's nuclear threats

Frederick Owens
October 17, 2017

The European Union has imposed new sanctions on North Korea aimed at punishing the country for its nuclear and ballistic weapons program.

The threats came amid increased tensions between the United States and North Korea - but Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop says it "only strengthens our resolve to find a peaceful solution".

The regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has warned Australia "will not be able to avoid a disaster" if it continues to support the USA in its "frenzied political and military provocations".

Just recently, #North Korea warned the Australian Minister, Julie Bishop, for Foreign Affairs not to join the #United States Government in its political and military provocations against Kim Jong-un's regime [VIDEO], ABC News reported.

More people and entities associated with Kim Jong-Un's regime have been blacklisted and the ceiling for payments that can be made to North Korea has been cut from 15,000 euros to 5,000 euros.

The EU said the new steps were taken because of the "persistent threat to global peace and stability" posed by North Korea's government.

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Earlier that month, Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the nation would "come to the aid" of the USA under the provisions of the ANZUS treaty if there was a military confrontation with North Korea.

"But North Korea's threats only strengthen our resolve to find a peaceful solution to the rising tensions on the Korean peninsula caused entirely by North Korea's illegal, threatening and provocative behaviour".

"We are determined to build up our nuclear forces until peace in struggle with the United States is secured", he added.

Defence Personnel minister Dan Tehan reiterated Ms Bishop's comments, saying Australia "will not be cowed" by North Korea, and "will continue to do everything we can to protect and help and support our allies".

A leading North Korean lawmaker has said it was USA antics that compelled Pyongyang to develop and successfully test what was by far its most powerful nuclear weapon yet.

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