North Korea has launched a barrage of threats and insults at Australia, accusing the nation of “blindly toeing the US line” and threatening Sydney with a nuclear strike.
The feedback from Pyongyang got here after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop mentioned that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a “serious threat” to Australia until one thing was carried out about it by the worldwide neighborhood.
A spokesman for Kim Jong-un’s Foreign Ministry accused Australia of “spouting a string of garbage” about North Korea, and warned in opposition to following the US.
“The current Government of Australia is blindly and zealously toeing the US line,” the spokesman mentioned.
“If Australia persists in following the US’ strikes to isolate and stifle North Korea … this will likely be a suicidal act of coming throughout the vary of the nuclear strike of the strategic drive of North Korea.“
The North Korean Foreign Ministry additionally instantly addressed Ms Bishop’s interview, warning she had “higher suppose twice concerning the penalties to be entailed by her reckless tongue-lashing earlier than flattering the US“.
“What she uttered can by no means be pardoned,” the spokesman mentioned.
“It is difficult to count on good phrases from the overseas minister of such a Government. But if she is the overseas minister of a rustic, she ought to communicate with elementary widespread sense concerning the essence of the scenario.”
“If they proceed to flatter the US and provoke North Korea, we are going to tow Australia out to sea and sink it.“
The information coincides with Vice President Mike Pence’s first official go to to Australia.
9 News studies: The nuclear risk from North Korea, the continued combat in opposition to the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group and the US-Australia refugee deal have dominated Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s official talks with Mike Pence.
The prime minister instructed reporters in Sydney the “reckless and harmful regime (of Pyongyang) places the peace and stability of our area in danger”.
Mr Turnbull echoed his feedback earlier this week that China has a leverage to affect North Korea.
Mr Pence characterised North Korea as an “pressing and most harmful risk” to peace and safety within the Asia Pacific and thanks Mr Turnbull for calling on China to behave.
“While all choices are on the desk, let me guarantee you the United States will proceed to work carefully with Australia, our different allies within the area and China to deliver financial and diplomatic strain to bear on the regime,” he mentioned.
“If China is unable to cope with North Korea, the United States and our allies will.“