30 Apr '17, 1am

Asean needs to be strong and united in dealing with N. Korea: PM Lee

MANILA • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed deep concern over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests at the 30th Asean Summit in Manila, amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. Pyongyang tested another ballistic missile - unsuccessfully - early yesterday even as the international community ramped up economic and diplomatic pressure on the isolated nation to dismantle its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Addressing his counterparts at the leaders' retreat, PM Lee said Asean needs to be "strong and united" in dealing with North Korea. In an interview with the Singapore media, he said: "I think it's incumbent on us to exhort North Korea to change its position and come back to discussing the problem, rather than taking measures which can lead to disastrous consequences." He said that while the group cannot do much in practical terms, it is i...

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