As tensions rise between the U.S. and North Korea, other countries are taking sides.
China, for example, has said they’ll remain “neutral” if North Korea attacks the United States first.
Gee, thanks, China…
On the flip side, Austraila has vowed to stand with the United States, and will invoke its military alliance with the U.S. when and if North Korea strikes.
Australia has said it would invoke its long standing military alliance with America in the event the North Korean regime attacks the US. Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, issued the pledge on Friday following overnight talks with US vice-president Mike Pence about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. “America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the US,” Mr Turnbull told Australian radio.
“The Anzus treaty means that if America is attacked, we will come to their aid and if Australia is attacked, the Americans will come to ours. We are joined at the hip.
The American alliance is the bedrock of our national security,” he added. Mr Turnbull’s comments were tougher than those made by Julie Bishop, Australia’s foreign minister, who on Thursday said Australia would not automatically be involved should there be a “catastrophic” conflict on the Korean peninsula. “In fact we were not a party, in the legal sense, to the [Korean War] armistice so there is no automatic trigger for Australia to be involved,” Ms Bishop told Australia’s state broadcaster.