ASEAN Demands ‘Denuclearization’ Of Korean Peninsula, Urges North Korea To ‘Maintain International Peace’

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) expressed its support for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and urged North Korea to “maintain international peace,” ahead of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on the country’s nuclear program.

The UNSC is slated to meet in a few hours with United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as chair of the special ministerial meeting. The meeting aims to encourage members to proactively “maximize existing UN” measures against North Korea for its illegal nuclear tests.

ASEAN Foreign Ministers
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The ASEAN Summit in Manila, meanwhile, commenced on Wednesday, where meetings tackled economic growth, environmental safety, peace and cooperation in the Southeast Asian region. The ASEAN bloc was completed on Friday as most heads of the government had arrived.

Inclusion was central to today’s agenda, as senior officials believe in its promise in preventing marginalized people from “turning to violent extremism,” according to Reuters. But another important highlight of the events today was the bloc’s call for “calm” amidst tensions over the Korean peninsula, and its stance on North Korea’s denuclearization.