December 06, 2021

How Australia could help South Korea deal with Pyongyang

Canberra is in a unique position to engage diplomatically with North Korea

Australia’s patchy relations with North Korea turned particularly sour in 2017. This has happened before, and the pattern is familiar: North Korea provokes, the U.S. warns, Australia joins the U.S. and condemns the North, Pyongyang threatens Australia.

Australia supports President Trump’s hardline policy of sanctions on North Korea and pressure on China. It does not have an independent policy towards the North, let alone towards longer-term or strategic foreign policy goals to help establish peace and security on the Korean peninsula as a whole.