After North Korea threatened Sydney on Saturday, two Australian ministers clarified that their country’s support for the U.S. and South Korea will continue. “North Korea’s threats only strengthen our resolve to find a peaceful solution to the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” stated Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.







North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

In response to North Korea’s direct threat against Sydney, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop stated that her country will continue to support the U.S. and South Korea.

“Australia is not a primary target and North Korea has made threats against Australia before,” Bishop told reporters. “But North Korea’s threats only strengthen our resolve to find a peaceful solution to the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, caused entirely by North Korea’s illegal, threatening and provocative behavior.”

Bishop added that Australia is focused on stopping Pyongyang from continuing its missile and nuclear tests and bringing the pariah state back to the negotiating table. Australia’s Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan echoed Bishop’s remarks in an interview with Sky News. “We will not be cowed by the North Koreans,” he stated. “We will continue to do everything we can to protect and help and support our allies.”

North Korea’s latest threat against Sydney was made on Saturday. The North’s state-run news agency KCNA said in a statement that Australia’s support for U.S. will result in a disaster for the country. In August, JOL reported that a North Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson described Australia’s decision to continue to support the U.S. as suicidal.