North Korea Is Now Threatening A "Nuclear Strike" Against Australia

Cheryl Sanders
April 23, 2017

A spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry accused Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of spouting "a string of rubbish against the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)" over the country's missile testing, adding "Australia is blindly and zealously toeing the US line".

China's foreign minister called Sunday for the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula amid rising tension over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.

The KCNA report comtinued: "The Australian foreign minister had better think twice about the consequences to be entailed by her reckless tongue-lashing before flattering the U.S.".

It has also renewed threats against regional USA allies, including Japan and South Korea, which both host large American military contingents.

Trump has dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, along with a "very powerful armada", to the Korean peninsula, which Pyongyang has threatened to sink "with a single strike".

Tensions between the United States and the North have soared in recent weeks as a series of North Korean missile tests have wrought ever-more bellicose warnings from President Donald Trump's administration about curtailing its nuclear weapons programme.

But North Korea "neither fears war nor wants to avoid it", with the spokesman claiming the country's nuclear program is defensive in nature. South Koreans believe he was prompted to say it by China's President Xi Jinping after their meeting in Mar-a-Lago.

"Mr Prime Minister, know that President Trump and I are truly grateful to you for calling on China even this week to play an even more active and constructive role in addressing the North Korean threat".

Bishop accused North Korea of undermining peace and security in the Asia-Pacific. He said Australia and the USA were "absolutely united" in their determination to achieve a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.

But he did not believe conflict on the Korean peninsula was particularly likely and backed the approach the USA has taken on North Korea. Vice President Mike Pence declared "the era of strategic patience is over" on a recent trip to South Korea, where tens of thousands of US troops are stationed.

"North Korea is pushing really hard to pursue ballistic missiles".

While the commentary did not mention China by name, Pyongyang expressed its criticism of "a country around the DPRK".

"At this stage, the support we are providing is at the level of diplomacy [and] is of critical importance", he said.

Pyongyang has repeatedly drawn worldwide condemnation for ignoring United Nations resolutions that bar its development of nuclear weapons.

It is also seen as renewed pressure on Pyongyang to not perform a sixth nuclear weapons test, which it seems to be preparing for.

Pyongyang's apparent criticism of its principal ally, although made indirectly, reflects an estrangement between Beijing and the increasingly isolated regime of Kim Jong Un.

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