Julie Bishop reveals ‘unprecedented’ letter from North Korea

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North Korea has taken the unprecedented step of writing to the Australian Parliament in a blistering letter that demonises US President Donald Trump and which offers Australia “assurances of its highest consideration”.
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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who revealed the existence of the “unprecedented” letter to Fairfax Media on Thursday, said the missive was a clear sign international diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program and repeated tests of inter-continental ballistic missiles was beginning to work.

The letter was written by the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly and sent via North Korea’s embassy in Jakarta to Australia’s Indonesian embassy on September 28. From there, it made its way to Ms Bishop a week later.

North Korea has repeatedly threatened the United States, Japan, South Korea, Australia and other Western allies, warning last week after Ms Bishop’s visit to South Korea that Australia would face “disaster” if it continued to “follow the US in imposing military, economic and diplomatic pressure upon the DPRK”.

The letter criticised Mr Trump’s fiery warning in a speech to the UN in September that his nation could “totally destroy” North Korea and states that “if Trump thinks he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation” as “the DPRK has emerged as a fully fledged nuclear power”.

The letter urges the parliaments of different countries – it has apparently been sent to other nations – that want peace to “discharge their due mission and duty in realising the desire of mankind for international justice and peace with sharp vigilance against the heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration”.

Ms Bishop said it was unusual for the Foreign Affairs committee, rather than state news agency KCNA, to be used to communicate with Australia.

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Dr Graham suggested that such a delegation should include a former senior high-level military person, to signal to the North how seriously Australia takes the issue and to demonstrate Australia’s independence.

Australia maintains low-level diplomatic relations with North Korea, but has not had an embassy in Pyongyang since 1974, while North Korea closed its embassy in Canberra in 2008.

The last two applications to send Australian diplomats from Seoul have been refused, Dr Graham said.

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