North Korea has issued its latest threat against Australia for its relationship with the US and South Korea, but a Turnbull government minister said the nation would “not be cowed” by the rogue state.
North Korean state media reported Australia was “showing dangerous moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the US against DPRK”, warning against it.
“Should Australia continue to follow the US in imposing military, economic and diplomatic pressure upon the DPRK despite our repeated warnings, they will not be able to avoid a disaster,” the state-run news agency KCNA said in a statement on Saturday.
North Korea’s latest round of warnings against Australia came in the wake of foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop and defence minister Marise Payne’s visit last week to the demilitarized zone which sits between South and North Korea.
Bishop and Payne attended meetings in the truce village of Panmunjom with their South Korean counterparts, reinforcing Australia’s support for its historical ally.
Speaking in Sydney on Sunday, Bishop brushed off North Korea’s latest statement on Australia.
“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,” she said.
The minister for defence personnel, Dan Tehan, said Australia would not be bullied by North Korea.
“We will not be cowed by the North Koreans, we will continue to do all we can to protect and help and support our allies,” he told Sky News on Sunday.
“The North Koreans should do what the international community have asked them to do – obey all the security council resolutions which have been passed, condemning their missile activity, condemning their attempts to build nuclear weapons.
“If they did that, the international community would look to work with them.
“If they don’t, then we will continue to support our allies, the South Koreans, the Japanese and everyone else who is threatened by this unpalatable behaviour by the North Koreans.”
Labor foreign affairs spokesperson, Penny Wong, who made a recent visit to the region with Bill Shorten to reassure South Korea of Australia’s bipartisan position on the issue, reiterated the opposition’s support.
“It’s very important that we continue to stand with the international community, that we continue to seek a unified approach and a peaceful diplomatic solution,” she told radio station 2GB.
‘We will not be cowed by the North Koreans’: Australian minister
October 16, 2017 by Leave a Comment