Australia in range soon for N. Korea
Kim Jong-un missiles two years off
NORTH KOREA could hit Australia with a missile within two years, a US acting ambassador to Australia has warned.
James Caruso, the US charge d’affaires based in Canberra, told The Australian “extreme concern” was mounting about North Korea’s intentions after the rogue state declared on Tuesday it was ready for “war” and had its “nuclear sight” trained on America over what it saw as acts of aggression by the Trump administration.
North Korea tested a mid-range ballistic missile last week, prompting President Donald Trump to send a US naval fleet to the western Pacific in response.
The Americans believe North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be able to deliver a nuclear warhead to the US within four years, according to reports.
“(It) is very clear North Korea is a problem,” Mr Caruso told the newspaper.
“They’ve gone from using these (weapons) tests to get attention; to now really making these tests to do tests. The question has been: what do we want to do about it?”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday that North Korea was threatening the peace of the world.
“We continue to call on China to exercise the undoubted influence it has over the North Korean regime to pull it back from further reckless conduct,” he said.
In a statement, the North Korean leadership vowed to counter America’s “reckless acts of aggression” with “selfdefensive and pre-emptive strike capabilities with the nuclear force at the core”.
“We will make the US fully accountable for the catastrophic consequences that may be brought about by its high-handed and outrageous acts,” the statement said.
President Trump is not backing down, tweeting on Tuesday night that he would “solve the problem” of North Korea. Meanwhile, China is said to be amassing troops at the North Korean border.
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, a former intelligence analyst, warned yesterday that Australia needed to tread carefully with tensions rising over North Korea’s nuclear threat.
“I just hope there are cool heads in Washington that approach this in a sensible way,” he told Sky News.