07 August 2017

News Story: ASEAN stresses need to create conducive environment to ease tension in Korean Peninsula

MANILA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged on Saturday the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and all parties to create a conducive environment to ease the mounting tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

In a one-page statement, the ASEAN foreign ministers expressed "grave concerns over the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula including the most recent testing by the DPRK of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) on July 4 and July 28 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 UN Security Council resolutions," the ASEAN ministers said.

The ministers reiterated their support "for the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a special manner.

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