Australia to back US in any North Korea conflict: PM

2017-08-11 19:14
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (Mark Graham, AFP)

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (Mark Graham, AFP)

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Sydney - Australia "will come to the aid of the United States" if North Korea attacks, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday, after nuclear-armed Pyongyang outlined plans to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam.

The Australian leader's comments of support to close ally Washington followed President Donald Trump's warning to North Korea that it should be "very, very nervous" of the consequences if the isolated nation even thought of attacking US soil.

"The United States has no stronger ally than Australia," Turnbull told Melbourne commercial radio station 3AW.

"And we have an ANZUS agreement and if there is an attack on Australia or the United States then... each of us will come to the other's aid.

"So let's be very clear about that. If there is an attack on the United States by North Korea, then the ANZUS treaty will be invoked and Australia will come to the aid of the United States."

Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have been tense for months, in the wake of the North's repeated missile tests, including two successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launches in July.

The escalating dispute took an unexpected turn on Tuesday when Trump seemed to borrow from the North's arsenal of rhetoric and said it faced "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it continued to threaten the US.

Turnbull said he spoke to US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, who told him the preferred approach to deal with North Korea was through economic sanctions.

The UN Security Council on Saturday approved tough sanctions which could cost Pyongyang $1bn a year, with the sweeping measures the first of that scope to be imposed on North Korea since Trump took office.


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