Turnbull to conduct North Korea crisis talks with Trump

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Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to speak with US president Donald Trump tomorrow to discuss the developing North Korea nuclear crisis.

The call, at 7.45am AEST tomorrow (5.45pm EDT), between the two leaders comes several days after North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb — its sixth nuclear-weapons test and its largest ever test explosion.

In response to the test, Trump threatened North Korea with “the full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities” at the disposal of the US.

Turnbull has previously pledged that Australia will “come to the aid of the United States” if North Korea attacks.

“If there is an attack on the United States by North Korea then the ANZUS treaty will be invoked and Australia will come to the aid of the United States, just as if there was an attack on Australia, the United States would come to our aid,” he said last month.

Although Turnbull believes it would be an act of “suicide” if the North did so.

The last time the world leaders spoke over the phone the conversation made headlines around the world after Trump accused the Australian prime minister of trying to send the US the “next Boston bombers” in the “worst deal ever”, referring to Australia’s plan to send refugees from Manus Island and Nauru to the US.

The pair have since smoothed things over, meeting in New York in May at a gala dinner to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

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