Vice President Pence in Sydney on Saturday to meet Prime Minister Turnbull

Forging forward – Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met Vice President Pence in Washington earlier. Pence is now meeting Prime Minister Turnbull to reinforce ties with Australia

By Rekha Bhattacharjee

“The North Korea regime is a reckless and dangerous threat to peace and stability in our region and, indeed, in the world,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

“The real obligation — the heaviest obligation — is on China.”

”˜Beijing has “enormous leverage over North Korea” and “the ability… to bring, to pull North Korea back into at least the position where it is not threatening to rain down devastation on its neighbours,” Turnbull said.

“So what we’re now looking forward to is action from China.”

Australia has China as its biggest Trading Partner   and has a good relationship with China. Australia is also a close ally of the US . China is under pressure from both the US and Australia. US is seeking China to do more to rein in Pyongyang, which has defied international pressure over its quest to develop a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland. China has resisted any dramatic action against the North so far ”“ but the US threat to take unilateral action has made the Chinese leaders anxious with the US pushing them to pursue a strong line against their neighbour ”“ to start by suspending for sometime the Coal Imports from North Korea

US & Japan agree to put pressure on North Korea. “We must put pressure on North Korea.Dialogue without pressure is useless” ”“ says Japanese Prime Minister Abe.


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