Published On: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017

'Suicidal' Australia MUST upgrade missile defence as North Korea could strike at any time

Former Pentagon official Dr Brad Roberts warned that unhinged Kim Jong-un could follow through on threats to devastate Australia with his arsenal of missiles and nukes.

Dr Roberts said: “Unfortunately, Australia doesn’t really get to choose whether or not North Korea threatens it — it’s the choice that the North Korean leader.

“His objective is to make us fearful so that our leaders will not stand up to his threats and coercion.”

Australia landed in Pyongyang’s crosshairs after the decision to participate in joint military exercises with the US and South Korea.

North Korea branded the decision “a suicidal act”.

State news agency KCNA said: “Australia followed the US to the Korean War, the Vietnamese War and the ‘war on terrorism’, but heavy loss of lives and assets were all that it got in return.

“Countries like Australia that join the military adventure against the DPRK, blindly following the US, will never avoid the counter-measures of justice by the DPRK.

“This is a suicidal act of inviting disaster, as it is an illustration of political immaturity, unaware of the seriousness of the current situation.”

The hermit kingdom’s surprising missile development means the more targets come within their range as they carry out more successful tests.

Their most advanced missile tested to date, the KN14, has a range of 4100 miles is capable of reaching the Australian city of Darwin.

While the untested 7150-mile range KN-08 could reach every major city including Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

Speaking of Kim’s current array of deadly rockets Intelligence Studies Professor John Blaxlan said: “It is increasingly evident that North Korean missiles could strike parts of Australia, particularly Northern Australia.”

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his country was behind President Donald Trump and would come to America’s aid if they were attacked.

He told local media: “North Korea has shown it has no regard for the welfare of its own population, no regard for the security and good relations with its neighbours and no regard for international law.

“We call on all countries to redouble their efforts, including through implementation of agreed UN Security Council resolutions, to bring North Korea to its senses and end its reckless and dangerous threats to the peace of our region and the world.”

Mr Turnbull was attacked for his comments which his opponents claim could put Australian cities on North Korea’s “map of death”.

Professor Blaxland claims Australia simply could not defend itself against a strike by Kim Jong-un.

He said: “On our own, we likely would not be successful in defeating an incoming ballistic missile.”

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