North Korea warned of losing, China to act – Australia News

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On ACA, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull describe the real threat to Australia from North Korea.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says North Korea would lose any potential war ‘instantly’. Picture: AAP

MALCOLM Turnbull has suggested how China needs to be more brutal with North Korea to bring the rogue nation under control.

The comments were his most specific yet on what China should do to pressure Pyongyang. He called for further economic sanctions to be imposed on the state, beyond the range expected to be implemented from next week.

“I think further economic sanctions will need to be imposed; the alternative is a shocking one,” he told 2SM radio today.

“(Pyongyang may need to be) completely and utterly economically isolated. Now that would impose hardship on North Korea but it’s better to resolve this without conflict,” he said.

On August 6, the UN Security Council including Russia and China agreed to another round of sanctions against North Korea in response to its continued intercontinental ballistic missile testing and violations of UN resolutions. The sanctions aimed to cut the country’s annual export revenue of $US3 billion by one third.

Mr Turnbull said China should impose its own economic measures against the country.

“They are committed to stop buying coal and iron ore and seafood and other products from North Korea. They can go further, they can cut off their oil supply, for example. So China really has to step up now”.

“They have North Korean workers working in China who send remittances back to North Korea, They could be sent back to North Korea, there’s a whole range of things that China has committed to do already and more things it could…

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