Australia’s forthcoming foreign affairs white paper needs to factor in the potential threat posed by North Korea’s ballistic missiles to our northernmost cities and to embrace stronger ties with the US and Japan, analysts say.

The call comes as former diplomat and defence intelligence analyst Alan Dupont warned that the rogue state’s recent launch of ballistic missiles, three of which landed off the Japanese coast, should be a “wake up call” for Malcolm Turnbull to get serious about ballistic missile defence.

Writing in The Australian today, Professor Dupont calls for the promotion of strategies first flagged in 2004 that involved ­options for “potential Australian contributions to ballistic missile defence in the region”.

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