Sunday, April 23, 2017

Julie Bishop Hits Back at North Korea as Labor Backs 'Harder-edged' US Stance

THE GUARDIAN: Australia’s foreign minister says North Korea should look after its ‘long-suffering citizens’ rather than develop nuclear weapons

Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, says North Korea should look after its “long-suffering citizens” rather than developing weapons of mass destruction after the regime pointedly warned Australia of a possible nuclear strike if Canberra persists in “blindly and zealously toeing the US line”.

Bishop issued a statement on Sunday declaring North Korea’s threats of nuclear strikes against other nations “further underlines the need for the regime to abandon its illegal nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs”.

“These present a grave threat to its neighbours, and if left unchecked, to the broader region including Australia,” the foreign minister said. “The North Korean government should invest in the welfare of its long-suffering citizens, rather than weapons of mass destruction.” » | Katharine Murphy, Political Editor | Sunday, April 23, 2017