Turnbull government stands by allies after North Korea threat

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"Chinese media had better watch how (North Korea) smashes the hostile forces' arrogance and high-handed practices, rather than kowtowing to the ignorant acts of the Trump administration", said a lengthy article put out by the country's Korean Central News Agency in September, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump. The move is likely going to further provoke Pyongyang, which has responded angrily to joint exercises in the past too.

"The North may carry out a simultaneous launch of ICBM and IRBM within a few days, in protest against the US's show of military might", a source told the Donga Ilbo.

Most recently, Pyongyang rattled its "sword of justice" Friday by vowing to attack the USA territory of Guam with a "salvo of missiles," one day after stating that it will complete its nuclear weapons program no matter how much global pressure the nation faces.

A defence ministry spokesman declined to comment on the report, saying: "We don't comment on any matters of military intelligence".

"The US military action hardens our determination that the US should be tamed with fire and lets us take our hand closer to the "trigger" for taking the toughest countermeasure", Kim added. Pyongyang's latest diatribe comes in the wake of the USA dispatching its powerful and strategic military assets to the Korean peninsula to carry out drills.

These follow a flurry of missiles from Pyongyang, which conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test last month in defiance of worldwide sanctions.

Additionally, the USS Michigan, a submarine packed with 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, arrived in the South Korean port of Busan on Friday. Earlier this week two supersonic United States heavy bombers flew over the Korean peninsula, staging the first night-time joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea, the latest in a series of flyovers. The U.S. military are also providing several aircraft to a local exhibition in Seoul, including the B1-B Lancer strategic bomber and the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet. 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. "The use of military force will have devastating consequences, I think nobody really wants that, therefore we need to continue to push for a negotiated solution", Stoltenberg said in an interview at Nato HQ in Brussels.

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