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

'We will not be cowed': Australia hits back at North Korean threats

'We will not be cowed': Australia hits back at North Korean threats

North Korea has threatened Australia for "showing unsafe moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations" of the United States against its regime.

"This is a reckless act of war maniacs as it only drives the tense situation on the peninsula into the point of explosion", North Korean state media said in response, adding the: "U.S. must know it's not hard for the DPRK nuclear force to wipe out its war forces and USA mainland is within our striking range".

The Pyongyang regime has criticised Australia's "dangerous moves" in its support for the USA in its political and military provocations and should it continue it will not be able to "avoid disaster".

The statement condemned Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop's support for the United States, as displayed during a visit to the Korean truce village of Panmunjom on October 11 with Defence Minister Marise Payne.

Analysis of satellite images shows ballistic missiles mounted on launchers are being moved out of hangers near the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, the source said.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne in Seoul.

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A statement carried by the state-run North Korean news agency KCNA on Saturday said: "Lately, Australia is showing risky moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the U.S. against the DPRK".

But Defence Personnel Minister Dan Tehan told Sky News on Sunday that Australia is not frightened by Pyongyang's comments.

During the visit, the ministers stressed the need for diplomatic pressure to thwart North Korea's nuclear ambitions and urged the country not to carry out any more weapons tests and halt its nuclear and missile programme.

Earlier this week, two U.S. supersonic heavy bombers flew over the Korean peninsula - staging the first night-time joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea.

North Korea is reportedly moving missiles into position as American and South Korean forces prepare for joint drills. The upcoming exercise will be held in Japanese territorial waters following the previous joint military exercise between the US, Japan and South Korea.

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