Turnbull government stands by allies after North Korea threat

by Abel Hampton October 16, 2017, 0:25
Turnbull government stands by allies after North Korea threat

As a show of force against North Korea, in an increasingly tense military and diplomatic atmosphere, the USA navy said Friday that a United States aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, will lead the drill next week.

The United Nations has imposed sanctions on the North for its weapons tests.

The Turnbull government has hit back at North Korea, saying it won't be cowed by the rogue state's threats. "Based on this, we have judged that the North could launch a provocation at any time", the source said. There is also the possibility the regime may test a previously unseen missile, as it has done multiple times this year.

Since its nuclear test on September 15 and following its ballistic missile launch, North Korea has not conducted major provocations despite rampant speculation that the regime could do it on and around October 10, when the regime celebrated the founding day of its ruling Korea Workers' Party. Mr Trump has said all options, including military ones, are on the table to stop Pyong yang.

That mission came 17 days after four US F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1Bs flew over the peninsula. This could be the Hwasong-14 inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), whose range could extend to Alaska, or Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missiles which Pyongyang threatened to fire towards the US Pacific territory of Guam in August, the report said.

By his inflammatory rhetoric regarding North Korea, Trump intends "to create the hair-trigger situation on the peninsula and shovel up money by selling the US-made arms and equipment to vassal forces", the commentary read, referring to Japan and South Korea, which the North Korean outlet called "puppets" of Washington. The regime said those launches put the entire United States in its range.

"Lately, Australia is showing risky moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the USA", the news agency added.

Joining the U.S. in seeking to increase pressure on North Korea would mean Australia "will not be able to avoid a disaster", the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Saturday cited a foreign ministry spokesman as saying.

China's Communist Party Congress, scheduled to open Wednesday, could be a trigger for new provocative action by North Korea, Bishop told reporters Sunday.

Bishop said that the threat of war is now the greatest it has been in 60 years since the Korean War.


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