ASEAN supports North Korea’s denuclearization

MANILA-- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Friday expressed support for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula to promote international peace and stability.

In a statement issued after a meeting here, the ASEAN foreign ministers called for the resumption of dialogue on the Korean Peninsula to defuse escalating tensions.

ASEAN is mindful that instability in the Korean Peninsula seriously impacts the region and beyond, they said, citing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) two nuclear tests in 2016 and subsequent ballistic missile launches.

The foreign ministers thus urged the DPRK and all parties concerned to exercise self-restraint in order to de-escalate the tension and refrain from actions that may aggravate the situation.

They also underscored the need for DPRK to comply fully with its obligations arising from all relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and international laws in the interest of maintaining international peace and security.

The ASEAN foreign ministers held meetings prior to the ASEAN Leaders' Summit on Saturday.

The Philippines chairs this year's ASEAN Summits.

Source: Philippine News Agency