Published On: Sat, Aug 12th, 2017

US allies are stepping up to help with North Korea — and Kim Jong Un’s are backing down

  • President Donald Trump may have rattled some with his “fire and fury” comments, but the world still stands with him.

After an intense exchange of threats and frightening implications between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, the US and North Korea’s allies are staking out their positions in case of a conflict.

Australia, a long-time US ally, has stated that it will invoke a mutual defense if the US is attacked by North Korea.

“America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the United States,” Malcolm Turnbull, told 3AW, an Australian radio station.

“So be very, very clear on that. If there’s an attack on the US, the ANZUS Treaty would be invoked and Australia would come to the aid of the United States, as America would come to our aid if we were attacked,” Turnbull said, referencing a US-Australian mutual defense treaty.

Meanwhile, Japan’s government is preparing to position Patriot Advanced Capability missile defense batteries along the route of a possible North Korean missile strike on Guam, according toNikkei Asian Review. The US and Japan cooperate closely on defense, and Japanese ships support the US’s Aegis missile defense systems at sea and on land.

Together, the US and Japan could field a potent mix of missile defenses that an expert told Business Insider would have a .96 probability of knocking down a single North Korean missile.

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