Meanwhile, other Asia-Pacific countries have voiced support for the United States in the event of a North Korean nuclear attack, Fox News reported.
In Japan, the country’s defense minister Itsunori Onodera said this week his nation’s military was ready to shoot down North Korean nuclear missiles, if necessary, the report said.
In Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has a less-than-ideal relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, described his country and the U.S. as being “joined at the hip,” the South China Morning Post reported.
“If there is an attack on the U.S., the ANZUS Treaty would be invoked,” and Australia would aid the U.S., Turnbull told Australia’s 3AW radio Friday morning. Turnbull was referring to a collective security agreement between the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
China’s response to the growing daily rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea followed a number of heated proclamations.
In recent days, the report said, North Korea has threatened the U.S. with a nuclear attack on Guam, a U.S. territory south of Japan, after Trump said additional threats against the country or its allies would be met with “fire and fury.”