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Australia’s opposition leader visits South Korea, “in lockstep” with Turnbull on nuclear issue

Bill Shorten visits South Korea to address nuclear tensions
Australian opposition leader calls on China and Russia to put pressure on the North Korean regime over missile tests,
Guardian, Amy Remeikis, 24 Sept 17,  Australia’s opposition leader, Bill Shorten, will meet with South Korea’s prime minister as part of a bid to reassure the region that Australia’s position on North Korea will not change, even if there is a change in government.

Shorten and his foreign affairs spokeswoman, Penny Wong, have left for a four-day trip to South Korea and Japan, with meetings scheduled with Lee Nak-yeon, the former UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, the commander of the US Forces in Korea, Gen Vincent Brooks, and Japan’s foreign minister, Taro Kono.

The trip comes just days after the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, used her address to the United Nations general assembly to condemn North Korea’s ongoing nuclear and missile provocations, and to call on the rogue nation’s allies China and Russia to continue applying pressure.

On his way to the political hotspot, Shorten said North Korea was one area where Labor and the Coalition were in lockstep.

“South Korea and Japan are critical to the economic and national security of our region,” he said.

 “And it is therefore important at a critical time, that both sides of Australian politics have the best possible understanding so we can make the best possible decisions……….

September 25, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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