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Japan to ASEAN: Pressure North Korea to denuclearize

Japan to ASEAN: Pressure North Korea to denuclearize

Likewise, the ASEAN foreign ministers emphasized the importance of non-militarization and self-restraint in the conduct of all activities by claimants and all other states, including those mentioned in the Declaration of Conduct in the South China Sea that they said could further complicate the situation and escalate tensions in the region.

"These developments seriously threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world", the statement said.

Taking a stronger tone than it has previously on the standoff, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) called for North Korea to comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions on its nuclear programme, and make a positive contribution to regional peace.

Southeast Asia's top diplomats have slammed North Korea with a sharp rebuke over its intercontinental ballistic missile tests and reminded Pyongyang of its duty to avoid conflicts as a member of Asia's biggest security forum.

China's territorial disputes in the strategic and potentially oil- and gas-rich waterway with five other governments intensified after it built islands in disputed waters and reportedly started to install a missile defense system on them, alarming rival claimant states, the US and other Western governments.

Foreign ministers from 27 countries gather here for the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings from August 2 to 8. He said in Manila on Sunday that Pyongyang should "not do anything unbeneficial towards the global community such as a nuclear test".

He also said, "Of course, we would like to urge other parties like the United States and South Korea to stop increasing tensions".

North Korea's Ri Yong-ho told his Kang Kyung-wha in a meeting on Sunday that Seoul's proposal to improve ties with the North "lacks sincerity", the South's Yonhap News Agency reported on Monday.

Moon has always been a proponent of greater dialogue with Pyongyang in order to diffuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

As expected at the ASEAN annual meeting this year, the Korean Peninsula has been overshadowed by the South China Sea dispute, which has dominated the ASEAN agenda since 2010.

Vietnam also wanted ASEAN to insist in the statement that a planned code of conduct for the sea with China be "legally binding", which Beijing opposes. "And we will work out regional rules that we mutually agreed upon so as to open up a bright future for our future relations". Wang said it was China that proposed this 3-step initiative.

The ministers had been debating for at least two days on how to respond to China collectively, with Vietnam said to be strongly resisting an agreement on the framework for a code of conduct as pushed by Beijing.

He added that the framework "will pave the way for the textural negotiations on the CoC in the coming year".

Ando said that ASEAN countries are completely within reach of these ICBMs, making the threat imminent.

The situation in the South China Sea should also be "generally stable", he said.

In their communique the ASEAN ministers confirmed that the regional bloc was ready to begin "substantive" negotiations on a code of conduct.

Perhaps even more important, President Trump renounced the TPP.


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