Baku, April 23, AZERTAC
A threat from the despotic North Korea regime that Australia could face a "nuclear strike" if it continues to back the United States has done little to change the position of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who hit back with the diplomatic equivalent of telling North Korea to sit down and be quiet, according The Morning Bulletin.
The message from the North Korean Foreign Ministry warned Ms Bishop to "think twice about the consequences to be entailed by her reckless tongue-lashing before flattering the US".
The threat follows Ms Bishop telling the ABC that North Korea's determination to develop nuclear weapons was a "serious threat" to Australia.
This was a "string of rubbish", according to North Korea, which then warned Australia would face "a suicidal act of coming within the range of the nuclear strike of the strategic force of North Korea".
Seemingly unruffled by the threat of nuclear destruction, Ms Bishop said the notoriously poor nation "should invest in the welfare of its long-suffering citizens, rather than weapons of mass destruction", the ABC reports.
She again emphasised that North Korea needed to shut down its "illegal nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs".