North Korea has described Australia’s promise to support the US as suicidal. In a statement, North Korea said that instead of vowing to support the US against Pyongyang, Australia should be focusing on resolving its internal issues.

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After Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowed to send troops to help American forces in any conflict against Pyongyang and joined the joint US-South Korean military exercise, North Korea fired back with a fierce statement.

North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency reported that a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson described Australia’s decisions as suicidal. The spokesperson also stated that Australia should be focused on resolving its internal problems instead of pairing up with the US.

The Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise

The Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise Photo Credit: EPA

Turnbull responded to North Korea’s statement by recommending that the international community “bring North Korea to its sense.” In a statement to the ABC, he said: “We call on all countries to redouble their efforts, including through implementation of agreed UN Security Council resolutions, to bring North Korea to its senses and end its reckless and dangerous threats to the peace of our region and the world.”

As reported by JOL News earlier today, the US and South Korea began their joint military exercise this morning amid the threats from North Korea. The annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise, based mainly on simulations of combat with the northern enemy, is expected to last for 10 days.