ASEAN FMs express “grave concerns” over tensions in Korean Peninsula

Foreign Ministers (FM) of 10 ASEAN member States on Saturday issued a statement reiterating grave concerns over escalated tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

The statement was made following the most recent testing by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) on 4 and 28 July 2017 and previous ballistic missile launches and two nuclear tests in 2016.

These developments seriously threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world. In this regard, we strongly urge the DPRK to immediately comply fully with its obligations under all relevant U.N. Security Council Resolutions, according to the statement.

The bloc's FMs reiterated their support for the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner.

They called for the exercise of self-restraint, and underscore the importance of creating conditions conducive for dialogue to de-escalate tensions.

The FMs voiced support initiatives to improve inter-Korean relations towards establishing permanent peace in the Korean Peninsula. ASEAN stands ready to play a constructive role in contributing to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.

They strongly called upon the DPRK, as a participant of the ASEAN Regional Forum, to positively contribute to realize the ARF Vision to maintain the Asia-Pacific as a region of lasting peace, stability, friendship and prosperity./.

Source: Online Newspaper of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam