As tensions rise, North Korea has found a supporter even as some US allies reaffirmed they would back Washington in the event of an open conflict. Could Germany – and other NATO members – be forced to fight for Trump?
Amid growing talk of the possibility of open conflict between the United States and North Korea, countries have started to affirm their positions in case violence breaks out on the Korean Peninsula or elsewhere.
Although countries have yet to throw their support behind Pyongyang in the event of a confrontation, North Korea has found supporters in its neighbor China – with some conditions.
“If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korea regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so,” said an editorial in the state-run Global Times.
However, the paper did not recommend Beijing support Pyongyang under all circumstances.
“China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral,” it wrote.
Earlier this week, China’s Foreign Ministry urged both North Korea and the United States to “stop provoking each other” and de-escalate the situation in a bid to return to “dialogue and negotiations.”
But others nations have been keen to choose a side. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday that Washington “has no stronger ally than Australia.”
“Let’s be very clear about that. 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,” Turnbull said.