US President Donald Trump has said he is prepared to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
US President Donald Trump has said he is prepared to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Bishop backs Trump idea to meet Jong-un

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has endorsed US President Donald Trump's controversial idea to have a face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Mr Trump was slammed by human right advocates when he said earlier this month he would be "honoured” to meet with the dictator "under the right circumstances”.

Speaking to reporters in New York on Thursday afternoon, Ms Bishop said the Turnbull Government encouraged any ideas that could curb the rogue nation's provocative military moves.

"We have come to a stalemate when it comes to North Korea,” she said outside the United Nations headquarters.

"Despite many years of urging North Korea to cease its dangerous and risky behaviour, it has continued to test ballistic missiles, it's continued its nuclearisation program, so we welcome any new, fresh ideas that the new administration has in dealing with North Korea.”

Ms Bishop is in New York to launch Australia's bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council and meet with dignitaries.

She sat down with the United States' ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Thursday afternoon and had a "very long discussion” about North Korea, among other topics.

"The United States is looking to work with China to see if we can curb North Korea's behaviour and it will be a matter that China and the United States will need to lead on for North Korea does pose a direct threat to our region,” she said.

- James Law



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