Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Nato warns North Korea military action would have 'devastating consequences'

Nato warns North Korea military action would have 'devastating consequences'

Stressing that North Korea regards Australia's "frantic engagement" with Washington a "hostile" act against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Ministry accused Canberra of "zealously joining frenzied political and military provocations of the United States".

"If they don't, we will continue to support our allies, the South Koreans, the Japanese and everyone else who is threaten by this unpalatable behaviour by the North Koreans".

Pyongyang had earlier threatened to fire these missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam in August, the report said.

The launch will be seen as a retaliation to the naval drills announced by the U.S. Navy, which said on Friday that the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier will lead the drill.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been increasing his threats about the West's actions over his nuclear ambitions.

Trump met his national security team on Tuesday and discussed a "range of options" to respond to Pyongyang's repeated recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Australia has hit back at threats from North Korea, saying it "will not be cowed", after the other nation warned it to expect "disaster".

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In response, reports stated that North Korea might now be preparing to launch another ballistic missile.

A Defence ministry spokesman declined to comment on the report, saying: "We don't comment on any matters of military intelligence".

He added: 'We are keeping a close watch over the North'.

"The reckless remarks and conducts by the Australian government officials in support of the military option of the US against the DPRK are foolish acts of allowing themselves to be exploited by Trump's selfish "America First Policy" at the cost of their own national interests", he added.

This could be the Hwasong-14 inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), whose range could extend to Alaska, or Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missiles.

North Korea has previously tested both missiles, which have the range to reach USA territories.

An op-ed published by Pyongyang's KCNA state news agency said: "We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense including a salvo of missiles into waters near the USA territory of Guam, an advance base for invading the DPRK, where key U.S. bases are located".

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