Australia stands unflinching amid North Korea's nuclear threats

Posted October 17, 2017

The country pledged to continue supporting the United States in their effort to curb North Korea's blind nuclear ambitions.

North Korea also called on the United States to stop its hostile policy in regards to Pyongyang, following Pyongyang's recent statements at the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in St. Petersburg.

Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg signed off a new package of measures including a ban on investments in North Korea and on European Union exports of oil to Pyongyang.

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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".

The EU said the new steps were taken in view of the "persistent threat to worldwide peace and stability" posed by Kim Jong-Un's regime.

"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". "They mean the complicated 70-year history of relations with the US", Matvienko said.

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In August around 25 Australian defence personnel took part in the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise, a large-scale simulated military operation staged regularly by US and South Korean military forces.

"The Australian Foreign Minister personally expressed her support for the stand of the USA to consider all options including the use of force towards the DPRK" it said.

"We will continue to do everything we can to protect and help and support our allies".

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"This is a hard way, but we restated Russia's position and our opinion that apart from the talks, apart from search for yet political and diplomatic solutions in hard conditions, the situation will continue aggravating, which may have serious consequences for North Korea regarding the humanitarian component", Matvienko stressed.