TURNBULL: Australia will 'come to the aid of the United States' if North Korea attacks

Business Insider | 8/10/2017 | Sarah Kimmorley, Business Insider Australia
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Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that Australia would enter the conflict if North Korea launched an attack on the US.

Speaking to radio station 3AW on Friday morning, Turnbull said that if the US was attacked by the Hermit State then Australia would step up.

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“If there is an attack on the United States by North Korea then the ANZUS treaty will be invoked and Australia will come to the aid of the United States, just as if there was an attack on Australia, the United States would come to our aid,” he said, adding “The United States has no stronger ally than Australia.”

Although he remained confident that the situation would not escalate to such an extent, saying that diplomatic sanctions would “bring the regime to its senses in a peaceful manner”.

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Last night Turnbull spoke with US vice president Mike Pence on the developing situation with North Korea, and reiterated that Australia’s commitment to its ally was “absolutely rock-solid”.

Pence also tweeted that the discussions had been successful.

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Former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd have expressed their concerns about Australia’s defence measures if North Korea was to launch an attack against on the country, but Turnbull ensured that the current advice to the government is that a missile defence shield such as the THAAD system used by South Korea is...
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