Australian PM Turnbull warns North Korea over “dangerous threats”

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:50 GMT, May 3, 2017 |

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday (May 1) said Australia would not tolerate “reckless, dangerous threats” to regional stability, following North Korea’s ballistic missile test over the weekend.

Speaking to Australians and Americans gathered at a dawn commemoration ceremony in Townsville, marking 75 years since the Battle of the Coral Sea, Turnbull said Australia would work with its allies to address security threats. .

Pyongyang has in the past year stepped up its missile tests, firing dozens of various types of rockets, according to South Korea, with the most recent failed test on Saturday (April 29).

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop recently said North Korea would be subject to further Australian sanctions if the tests persist however the North Korean foreign ministry fired back, saying Australia will come “within the range” of a nuclear strike if the continue to back the US hardline stance on the rogue nation, local media reported.