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North Korea Makes A Nuclear 'Gift ' Threat As Trump And Turnbull Talk

North Korea Makes A Nuclear 'Gift ' Threat As Trump And Turnbull Talk”

Turnbull and Trump also talked Islamist extremism in the Philippines, agreeing that ISIS would not be allowed to establish a presence in the region.

During the talks, the US president "reaffirmed his commitment to defending the homeland, territories, and allies of the United States, using all available diplomatic and military capabilities", according to another White House statement.

The White House said the two leaders spoke via telephone to address North Korea's claim last week that it tested a hydrogen bomb.

Mr Turnbull was the first to shed light on Wednesday's conversation, telling reporters in Canberra it was "a very good call" and a "warm discussion".

"We are absolutely of the one mind in condemning this reckless conduct", he said, according to BuzzFeed. "'We discussed the importance of the full enforcement of the current sanctions regime and the importance of additional sanctions which, of course, are under consideration at the moment, being imposed in the future.' He says both Australia and the United States 'will continue to encourage China to bring more economic pressure to bear on North Korea to bring this regime to its senses".

Mr Trump will hold a crucial call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday AEST.

The numerous political fights the Trump White House has found itself engaged in, from the failed attempt to repeal Obamacare to its controversial response to racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., has distracted the administration from the threat posed by North Korea, a senior South Korean diplomat said Tuesday.

The idea of dual-track approach involves parallel efforts to move forward both denuclearization and the establishment of a peaceful mechanism on the peninsula; the initiative of suspension-for-suspension calls for the DPRK to suspend its nuclear and missile activities and for the United States and South Korea to suspend their large-scale war games.

Prime Minister Bill English is being briefed daily on the North Korean situation.

In the past, Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" if they threatened the United States.



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