AFPSYDNEY (AFP-Jiji) — China has an obligation to use its “enormous leverage” to bring nuclear-armed North Korea back from the brink, Australia’s prime minister said Tuesday, toughening Canberra’s position on the escalating crisis.
Malcolm Turnbull’s remarks came after the North’s latest failed missile test and ahead of a visit to Australia by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who is in Asia to signal Washington’s commitment to regional security.
“The North Korea regime is a reckless and dangerous threat to peace and stability in our region and, indeed, in the world,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.
“The real obligation — the heaviest obligation — is on China.”
Beijing has “enormous leverage over North Korea” and “the ability... to bring, to pull North Korea back into at least the position where it is not threatening to rain down devastation on its neighbors,” Turnbull said.