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Malcolm Turnbull: Australia will join the conflict if North Korea attacks the US

Malcolm Turnbull: Australia will join the conflict if North Korea attacks the US

11 August 2017 | 07:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Sydney. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared Australia would invoke the ANZUS security treaty for only the second time in its history in response to any attack by North Korea against the United States, The Sydney Morning Herald writes.
Mr Turnbull also pushed back against calls - including from former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd - for Australia to develop a missile defence shield to protect the mainland from the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons and long-range missile program.
The Prime Minister's commitment to assist the US caps off days of escalating tensions, with US President Donald Trump threatening to unleash "fire and fury" on the rogue state and the North Korean regime warning it would attack the US Pacific territory of Guam.
"The United States has no stronger ally than Australia. We have an ANZUS agreement and if there is an attack on Australia or the United States ... each of us will come to the other's aid," Mr Turnbull told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday.
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Jim Mattis: NKorea war would be catastrophic, diplomacy bearing fruit

Jim Mattis: NKorea war would be catastrophic, diplomacy bearing fruit

11 August 2017 | 02:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Thursday that war with North Korea would be "catastrophic" and said diplomatic efforts were yielding results, AFP reported.
"The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now," Mattis said at an event in California.
"The tragedy of war is well-enough known it doesn’t need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic," he added.
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AFP: Japan will not tolerate provocations from North Korea

AFP: Japan will not tolerate provocations from North Korea

10 August 2017 | 06:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Japanese government said Thursday it "can never tolerate" provocations from North Korea after the country's military said it was finalising a plan to launch missiles towards Guam that would fly over Japan, AFP reports.

"North Korea's provocative actions, including this time, are obviously provocative to the region including Japan as well as to the security of the international community," Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief government spokesman, told reporters. "We can never tolerate this."

"We strongly urge North Korea to take seriously the strong warnings and censures that have repeatedly been made and abide by a series of UN resolutions and refrain from taking further provocative action."
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Reuters: France calls on all sides to de-escalate North Korea situation

Reuters: France calls on all sides to de-escalate North Korea situation

9 August 2017 | 16:49 | FOCUS News Agency
Paris. France called on all the concerned parties to act responsibly and de-escalate the situation regarding North Korea, after North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, reported Reuters.
"We call on all sides to act responsibly," government spokesman Christophe Castaner told reporters at a news briefing on Wednesday, adding that France was "preoccpied" by the situation.
North Korea's threat against Guam came just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump had said that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury."
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