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Southeast Asia issues strong rebuke, warning to North Korea

In this Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, file photo, ASEAN Foreign Ministers link hands "The ASEAN Way" at the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Minis...
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha answers questions from reporters as she arrives for the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its dia...
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano walks to deliver his speech at the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeti...
ASEAN foreign ministers walk for the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center Sa...

In this Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, file photo, ASEAN Foreign Ministers link hands "The ASEAN Way" at the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Minis...

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha answers questions from reporters as she arrives for the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its dia...

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano walks to deliver his speech at the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeti...

ASEAN foreign ministers walk for the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center Sa...

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — 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.

The 10 foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations reiterated in a joint statement Saturday their grave concerns over the escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula due to the North's two ICBM tests last month, saying the launches threaten world stability.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said earlier that the ASEAN ministers were divided over a U.S. proposal to remove North Korea from the ASEAN Regional Forum, a 27-member grouping that includes the North, along with its most bitter adversaries — South Korea, the United States and Japan.


Updated : 2021-04-20 08:17 GMT+08:00