Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

European Union to Impose 'Stringent' Sanctions on North Korea

European Union to Impose 'Stringent' Sanctions on North Korea

"Lately, Australia is showing risky moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the U.S. against the DPRK", state-run news agency KCNA said in a statement on Saturday.

"Lately, Australia is showing risky moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the United States against the DPRK", the KCNA said.

More people and entities associated with Kim Jong-Un's regime have been blacklisted and the ceiling for payments that can be made to North Korea has been cut from 15,000 euros to 5,000 euros.

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 USA and South Korea.

The report published by KCNA over the weekend also specifically mentioned Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop and defence minister Marise Payne, who last week visited Seoul and pledged Australia's support for South Korea.

Australia is believed to be in range of North Korea's nuclear missile arsenal.

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.

It was the sixth nuclear test by Pyongyang since 2006, and South Korea estimated it was five to six times stronger than North Korea's fifth test a year ago.

Pyongyang also accused Australia of allowing the USA to use it as a "front-line base for the U.S. invasion of the DPRK", calling it a "suicidal act of bringing back the misery Australia had gone through during the past Korean War".

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man", Mr Trump wrote on Twitter, using his sarcastic nickname for Mr Kim.

"North Korea continues to pose an unacceptable threat to the worldwide community, which is why the United Kingdom, working closely with our European allies, has secured a set of stringent new sanctions upon the regime", Mr Johnson said.

Bishop said: "Should there be any attack on the United States or its territories, Australia would support the USA - that is a history, commitment and responsibility".

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