Experts warn there is not much Australia can do to defend itself against North Korean nuclear missiles, saying we are on the brink of a deadly conflict.
Recent tests show missiles fired by the Kim regime are now capable of hitting northern Australia, and some of the country’s largest cities could even be in range.
Joseph Siracusa, Professor in Human Security and International Diplomacy at RMIT University, says we are edging closer to war, A Current Affair reported.
‘I think we’re very close to something that’s going to have a very unhappy ending,’ he said.
Retired Major General Jim Molan said nations are planning and preparing for nuclear war, and emphasised the difficulty of defending Australia from attack.
‘Can we protect ourselves by a ballistic missile defence system? Well, it’s very very difficult and fabulously expensive,’ he said.
On the other hand, North Korean belligerence has been a problem for the past 70 years, and tensions with the rogue state are nothing new, he said.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is visiting Washington for high-level talks, said Kim Jong-un was to blame for the crisis.
Donald Trump has been accused of raising tensions by taunting the young North Korean leader by calling him ‘Little Rocket Man’ but Ms Bishop the problem predated the Trump presidency.