Australian FM reveals “unprecedented letter” from North Korea

Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister, Thursday revealed the existence of a letter from the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly. It was sent via Pyongyang’s embassy in Jakarta to the Australian embassy in Indonesia on Sept. 28. Bishop said the letter was a clear sign that diplomatic pressure and sanctions were beginning to work.

The letter criticized Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea and states that “if Trump thinks he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation” as “the DPRK has emerged as a fully fledged nuclear power.”

The letter urges the parliaments of different countries, to which the letter was also apparently addressed, who want peace to “discharge their due mission and duty… [and exercise] sharp vigilance against the heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration”  The Australian foreign minister said it was unusual for the Foreign Affairs committee, rather than state news agency KCNA, to be used to communicate with Australia.

 

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