“We are joined at the hip” with America – PM re North Korea

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Nothing has actually happened yet – aside from the unseemly and un-presidential rhetoric spruiked from both the US and North Korean camps recently – and all those rocket tests, of course.

But, the fact that our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would think it necessary to front the cameras and remind Australians that if the proverbial poo hits the fan, Australian service men and women could be sent into harms way by America’s side, is a sign that tensions are dangerously high.

Prime Minister Turnbull said the ANZUS Treaty meant that if America was attacked Australia would go to their aid – just as if Australia was attacked, the Americans would come to ours.

“We are joined at the hip. The American Alliance is the bedrock of our national security. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the United States,” Prime Minister Turnbull said.

 

 

“As I discussed with Vice President Pence last night, both the United States and Australia are committed to resolving this situation on the Korean Peninsula, to bringing the North Korean regime to its senses through diplomatic and economic means.

“Once again, we call on the North Korean regime to stop its illegal, reckless, provocative conduct which is putting the peace and the stability of the region at risk and indeed, the peace and stability of the whole world at risk.

“We join with the global community in enforcing sanctions, economic sanctions, against the North Korean regime to bring it to its senses.

“We welcome the decision of the UN Security Council, recently supported by China and Russia, to impose harsher sanctions on North Korea.”

 

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