Australians in Asia urged to monitor the North Korea crisis

Australians living, working or holidaying in South Korea and Japan are being urged to keep a close eye on the escalating North Korean crisis.

The warning, which was issued by the Australian Government on Wednesday, comes following North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to conduct nuclear tests and ballistic missile tests, further aggravating the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region,” the Australian travel advice update reads.


“Further provocations by the DPRK or reactions by other countries cannot be ruled out.

The government urged Aussies to closely monitor the situation, with fears tensions could rise.

“Australians in the Republic of Korea (ROK) should monitor developments closely due to the risk that tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate with little warning.

They did however, reassure travellers not to be overly alarmed.

“The level of this advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in the Republic of Korea.”

It comes after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had a 30-minute phone call with US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, with North Korea a top topic of discussion.

Turnbull described the phone call as “warm and constructive”.