ASEAN leaders 'concerned' over N.Korean missile tests

Chaired by Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte, Manila summit discusses South China Sea issue and Pyongyang nuclear program

ASEAN leaders 'concerned' over N.Korean missile tests

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Sunday expressed concern over North Korea’s recent nuclear and missile tests and urged self-restraint in the interest of maintaining peace, security and stability in the region and the world.

"We expressed our grave concern over recent developments in the Korean Peninsula, including the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) two nuclear tests in 2016 and subsequent ballistic missile launches,” the ASEAN leaders' statement read.

President Rodrigo Duterte is this year's chairman of the 30th ASEAN Summit held in Manila, the Philippines' capital, on April 26-29, which mainly discussed issues in the South China Sea and the tension surrounding North Korea’s nuclear program.

The ASEAN leaders are made up of Brunei Darussalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Lao PDR Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

They issued the statement a few days after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile shortly following a U.S. warning that failure to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to “catastrophic consequences".

At the summit, Duterte highlighted the need to promote peace, stability, security, and prosperity in the region; push for a drug-free ASEAN; and mutual respect for independence, sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity, national identity, and non-interference in the internal affairs of one another.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Nisan 2017, 13:24