Turnbull has 'constructive' call with Trump over North Korea

Lester Mason
September 6, 2017

Mr Trump has told world leaders in a series of phone calls "all options are on the table" in terms of dealing with North Korea and China remains key to persuading the regime to stop its missile and nuclear tests. "We are absolutely of the one mind in condemning this reckless conduct, ' he says".

They welcomed China's support for United Nations sanctions and its efforts to increase pressure on North Korea, but agreed China still holds substantial economic influence which should be used to bring the regime to its senses and restore stability on the Korean peninsula.

US President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from the White House tomorrow.

The call comes after North Korea was observed moving what appeared to be an ICBM towards its west coast, where it has launch facilities.

The pair held a half-hour discussion on Wednesday morning on the security threat posed by Kim Jong-un's regime but also talked about IS in the Philippines.

However, Mr Turnbull could not go into what potential steps the United States could take against the regime.

There has been worldwide outrage and calls for tougher economic sanctions after North Korea carried out its sixth, and biggest yet, nuclear test on Sunday.

Turnbull told coalition MPs at a partyroom meeting on Tuesday that the action of North Korea was "reckless, unsafe and provocative".

Labor leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong have announced they will travel to South Korea and Japan.

He echoed the USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley who said the regime seems to be "begging for a war".

"A change of government will not affect Australia's strong support for both nations at this risky and challenging time".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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