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Turnbull, Trump to discuss North Korea

Turnbull, Trump to discuss North Korea Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump discuss North Korea
Kenny Thornton | 11 September, 2017, 06:59

President Donald Trump continues to see the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula as the priority in how it responds to North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test, the White House says.

"We are absolutely one mind in condemning his reckless conduct", Mr Turnbull said. "'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".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's aggressive pursuit of a nuclear missile program, including the claim of a recent hydrogen bomb test, has been condemned by leaders across the world.

Kim Jong Sik was elevated into the dictator's inner military circle after the successful launch of a Unha-3 rocket in December 2012, according to an expert on North Korea.

"It would be a suicide note on the part of Kim Jong-un but it would be a complete catastrophe", Mr Turnbull said.

Diplomats have said the Security Council could consider banning North Korean textile exports, banishing its national airline and stopping supplies of oil to the government and military.

Ms Haley said on Monday that the United States was seeking a vote on the new sanctions on September 11.

A day earlier, Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May in a phone call that talks with North Korea are off the table for now, the White House said in a separate statement.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged all Australians overseas, but especially those in or heading to China, Japan or South Korea, to register with the government's Smart Traveller website.

But Turnbull said the two leaders discussed the importance of enforcement of the current sanctions regime and of extra sanctions, which are under consideration, being imposed in the future.

Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump agreed China is the country with the greatest leverage over North Korea and with that leverage comes the greatest responsibility.

Mr Trump is to speak on Wednesday with China's president.

"The two leaders also discussed a range of global issues of mutual concern". China does not control North Korea.

South Korea said on Tuesday an agreement with its ally the United States to scrap a weight limit on its warheads would help it respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile threat.

The government has updated its travel advice for South Korea and Japan in response to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Mr Trump - in tweets after the North's test on Sunday - faulted South Korea for what he called its "talk of appeasement" toward the North, and didn't specifically mention that the United States is obligated by treaty to defend its ally in the event of war.

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