Minister also says she believes Chinese involvement in sanctions has changed North Korea’s thinking

Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, has contradicted claims from Peter Dutton that refugees bound for the US under a resettlement deal are “economic refugees”.

On the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday, Bishop said the people leaving Australia’s offshore detention centres for resettlement in the US were genuine refugees, in contradiction of the immigration minister’s tirade on Thursday in which he claimed they were not fleeing war.

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