Speaking at the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in St. Petersburg, Russia, Deputy Chairman of North Korea's parliament An Tong Chun argued Monday that USA military pressure was the primary inspiration for his country's decision to pursue its nuclear and ballistic weapons program, despite heavy worldwide sanctions. But shortly before Chung Sye-kyun, speaker of South Korea's National Assembly, was to take the floor, a TASS correspondent saw the North Korean delegation leaving the conference hall and going outside the building.
Regarding a preemptive strike on North Korea, he said it will be the final option under the premise that economic sanctions fail to change the North Korean regime.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), a mouthpiece for the North Korean government, said Australia had been making "dangerous moves" by allying with the United States on Sunday (NZ time).
But Ms Bishop played down the prospect of any military strikes on Australia, and labelled North Korea's behaviour "provocative, illegal and threatening".
"Lately, Australia is showing unsafe moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the U.S. against the DPRK", the KCNA said.
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Kim has fired scores of missile test this year and detonated a H-bomb as the fears of war reach fever pitch in the Korean Peninsula.
In August around 25 Australian defence personnel took part in the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise, a large-scale simulated military operation staged regularly by US and South Korean military forces.
Bishop added that Australia is focused on stopping Pyongyang from continuing its missile and nuclear tests and bringing the pariah state back to the negotiating table.
"The North Koreans should do what the global community have asked them to do - obey all the security council resolutions which have been passed, condemning their missile activity, condemning their attempts to build nuclear weapons".