PM says Australia backs penalties imposed by the UN and already supports sanctions on individual companies dealing with Pyongyang

Malcolm Turnbull has clarified Barnaby Joyce’s suggestion that Australia would have sympathy for imposing trade sanctions on China over its relations with North Korea, reiterating that longstanding sanctions are imposed under the United Nations.

Speaking in Hamburg before the G20 summit, the prime minister said Australia already supported sanctions on individual companies dealing with North Korea over its continued nuclear weapons program.

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