Allies Line Up To Help US Fight North Korea

  • 08/14/2017
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
Allies Line Up To Help US Fight North Korea
Allies are lining up to help the U.S. fight North Korea—if North Korea follows through on their plan to attack the U.S. territory of Guam.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull released a statement on Thursday night, after discussing the situation with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

“We have an [Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty] agreement and if there is an attack on Australia or the United States then each of us will come to the other's aid,” Turnbull said in a radio interview. “In terms of defense, we are joined at the hip.”

In addition to Australia, Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told the Japanese parliament that, were North Korea to fire a missile aimed at Guam, the Japanese would step in—and shoot it down, if they were able to do so.
South Korea, which shares a border with North Korea and is a key U.S. ally in the region, also promised their help:

“Both South Korea and the United States reaffirmed their promise that as they take step-by-step measures to ensure their security and the safety of their peoples, they will coordinate with each other closely and transparently,” said Park Soo-hyun, the South Korean presidential spokesman.

Even China, North Korea’s closest ally, will likely “stay neutral” if North Korea attacks the U.S.—according to an editorial in a newspaper run by the Communist Party. However, China also warned that, “If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.”
 Source: AAN
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