North Korea calls Julie Bishop a "stooge" they will "punish"

NORTH Korea has threatened to "punish" Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop over comments to US media about Kim Jong-un.

In an interview with radio station Voice Of America last week, Ms Bishop criticised Mr Kim and his pursuit of nuclear weapons.

"Nuclear tests and missile launches needlessly risk accidents or reprisal," she said.

"It is a fact that no country [can] improve its economy or security by threatening its neighbours and by impoverishing its own people.

"[Kim Jong-un] can hardly claim the legitimacy as a leader when his regime continues to defy international expectations."

Read more at ABC News Online.

Topics:  foreign policy julie bishop kim jong-un north korea

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