In response to President Trump’s “fire and fury” rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened a nuclear strike near Guam on Wednesday afternoon.
Today, allies to both countries are taking a stand, and it is not looking for North Korea.
Long-time United States ally, Australia, came out and said that they would invoke a “mutual defense” if North Korea attacks the United States.
On an Australian radio station, Malcolm Turnbull said, “America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the United States.”
He continued, “So be very, very clear on that. If there’s an attack on the US, the ANZUS Treaty would be invoked, and Australia would come to the aid of the United States, as America would come to our aid if we were attacked.”
Japan is also prepared to back up the United States…
According to Nikkei Asian Review, Japan is getting ready to place “Patriot Advanced Capability” missile defense batteries along the anticipated route of a possible North Korean air strike on Guam. Japan also has ships that are designed to support the United States’ missile defense system on both sea and land.
South Korea is also considering to increase the United States missile defense, as well as building superior offensive weapons of its own.
Moving on, China, North Korea’s most important trading partner and treaty ally, has confirmed that it will not back Pyongyang; unless the US attacks first.
The Global Times released an editorial saying, “China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral.” The Global Times is China’s state run newspaper.
Despite President Donald Trump’s disagreements with leaders from Australia and South Korea, they are prepared to help the United States, if necessary. The United States continues to exercise deep alliances with Australia and its Asian allies.
Credit: Business Insider