North Korea Missiles Strike Fear in U.K. and Australia, Two U.S. Allies

The U.K. and Australia have accused China of not doing enough to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear and ballistic weapons, but China said that isn’t its problem.

U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met Thursday in Sydney to discuss the threat posed by North Korea and its pursuit of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) and nuclear weapons, which has been condemned by the U.N. Fallon began by scolding China for not increasing pressure against its reclusive, militarized neighbor, while Bishop joined him by calling for international unity at a time of uncertainty.

With both officials looking squarely at China, that country’s foreign ministry quickly dismissed what it has referred to as “the China Responsibility Theory.”

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“Fundamentally, the Korean Peninsula nuclear [issue] was not caused by China. So the key to its settlement today does not lie in China’s hands,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said during a regular press briefing. “As a major neighbor, China has been working with the international community to seek a proper settlement of the peninsula nuclear issue through dialogue.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, in an undated photo released by North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency on July 5. China joined a number of other nations in condemning the launch but has maintained that it is not Beijing’s responsibility to solve the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear crisis. KCNA/Reuters

“With international influence comes responsibility,” Fallon said, according to Reuters, but China insisted it was doing plenty already. Speaking to reporters, Lu laid out three main points regarding China’s stance on the nuclear standoff, which has recently seen…

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