Malcolm Turnbull pledges solidarity with Shinzo Abe after North Korean missile launch

Australian prime minister says North Korea has an unstable leader who is was trying to intimidate South Korea and Japan and dismisses criticism of Trump

Australia and Japan are coordinating efforts to persuade China to exercise its leverage over North Korea, and Malcolm Turnbull has expressed solidarity with Shinzo Abe after the regime fired a ballistic missile over northern Japan.

Turnbull and Abe spoke by telephone on Wednesday and agreed to maintain close cooperation, and the Australian prime minister welcomed Japan’s efforts to ensure a strong statement of condemnation from the UN Security Council following North Korea’s dangerous behaviour.

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