North Korea threatened Australia of dire consequences if it continues to back U.S. military, economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang, its state-run media said Saturday.
The ruling party's powerful propaganda apparatus urged the executives to ensure that news stories on North Korea do not exacerbate public frustration and asked that stories are not covered in depth even if they are based on original information or perspectives, the sources said.
North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept 3, and has launched more than a dozen missiles this year as it seeks the capability to hit the continental United States with an atomic weapon. According to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, Trump will make the speech in Seoul, during his 12-day visit to Asian nations, and he will look to up the pressure on Pyongyang, stressing that the North Korea situation is the administration's most important challenge. But military intervention against North Korea would have "devastating consequences", NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned yesterday, after Trump said diplomatic efforts had failed.
Trump also mocked North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, labeling him "little Rocket Man" and madman. There are some concerns that North Korea may choose to launch its Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile into the Pacific Ocean to test its capabilities on a standard or minimum energy trajectory.
That mission came 17 days after four US F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1Bs flew over the peninsula.
In July, North Korea fired two ICBMs on steep trajectories into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan. The allies' militaries will participate in the Maritime Counter Special Operation, which is created to defend the infiltration of North Korea's special warfare forces.
The rogue state has threatened Australia in the past, including of nuclear retaliation in April. "Australia is showing risky moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the U.S.", the spokesman was quoted as saying, citing foreign minister Julie Bishop's visit last week to South Korea.
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who visited South Korea last week, said the Chinese Communist Party's national party congress, which opens on Wednesday, could be a trigger for new provocative action by North Korea.
Bishop said that the threat of war is now the greatest it has been in 60 years since the Korean War.