Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull warned Wednesday that a conflict with North Korea would be “shattering,” as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang intensified.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would unleash “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to make threats, and Pyongyang responded by saying it was considering a missile strike against the U.S. territory of Guam.
Turnbull told reporters in Canberra the only way to deal with North Korea was with “maximum economic pressure” and welcomed new sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.
Australia would implement the sanctions, Turnbull said, adding that it was critical North Korea came to its senses.
“A conflict would be shattering. It would have catastrophic consequences. We all understand that,” Turnbull said.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said while Australia was not a primary target, it was evident the situation could “ramp up into a more serious conflict,” Fairfax media reported.
Bishop called on all parties to step back from the escalating crisis, but declined to comment on Trump’s “fire and fury” comments.