Trump to speak with China's Xi, Japan's Abe on Sunday, official says

"North Korea's threats of nuclear strikes against other nations further underlines the need for the regime to abandon its illegal nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs", she told AAP on Sunday.

"China may not have the key to this solution. but we are happy that more sides are accepting our point of view".

US President Donald Trump has urged China to take stronger steps to press the North to curb its nuclear and missile programs.

South Korean and US officials have feared for some time that North Korea could soon carry out its sixth nuclear test.

With tensions rising between the United States and North Korea, the Pentagon on Sunday called for the isolated communist nation to avoid destabilizing the situation further. Even Australia has received a warning from Pyongyang.

North Korea said Australia was shielding a hostile U.S. policy of nuclear threats and blackmail against North Korea which was the root cause of the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula and encouraged the United States to opt for "reckless and risky military actions".

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that a North Korean nuclear missile capable of striking the U.S. would be a "grave threat" and anticipated North Korea could achieve this capability before Trump would begin his second term. Vice President Mike Pence declared "the era of strategic patience is over" on a recent trip to South Korea, where tens of thousands of US troops are stationed.

It turned its sights on Australia on Saturday for "blindly and zealously toeing the U.S. line" and accused Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of "spouting a string of rubbish against the DPRK over its entirely just steps for self-defence". The spokesman, speaking to the North's official KCNA news agency, warned Bishop to "think twice about the consequences".

The Vinson had cancelled a scheduled visit to Australia to divert toward North Korea in a show of force, though it still conducted a curtailed training exercise with Australia before doing so.

New Zealand's Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said yesterday the North's threats were "outrageous".

Fresh off an enormous North Korean parade that revealed an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, rival South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that Pyongyang's follow-up act will be even bigger.

"The capacity of North Korea to deliver on those threats has yet to be tested, and we don't want it to be tested".

"I don't believe any American president will allow Kim Jong-un to be in a position to say "you give me some more food and stop these sanctions, otherwise I am going to destroy San Francisco".

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has pledged to support America's policy towards North Korea, and called on China to help resolve the situation.

  • Leroy Wright