05 Aug '17, 1am

Asean set to deliver 'strong message' on North Korea missiles tests

MANILA - South-east Asia’s foreign ministers on Saturday (Aug 5) expressed “grave concerns” over North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles tests that have deepened global fears. In a statement, the ministers said the missiles and nuclear tests “seriously threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world”. Besides urging North Korea to “comply fully” with United Nations Security Council resolutions, they also backed the “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner". They called for “self-restraint” and underscored the importance of “creating conditions conducive for dialogue to de-escalate tensions”. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sign Up There was also a push for North Korea, as a member of the Asean Regional Forum (ARF), to comply with its aim “to maintain the Asia-Pacific as...

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