- Title: ASEAN expresses grave concerns on North Korea nuclear missiles test
- Date: 5th August 2017
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AUGUST 5, 2017) (REUTERS) PHILIPPINE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SPOKESPERSON ROBESPIERRE BOLIVAR, APPROACHING DESK NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS BOLIVAR SPEAKING BEHIND DESK (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILIPPINE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SPOKESPERSON, ROBESPIERRE BOLIVAR, SAYING: "We strongly call upon the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), as a participant of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Regional Forum, to positively contribute to realize the ARF (Asia Regional Forum) Vision to maintain the Asia-Pacific as a region of lasting peace, stability, friendship and prosperity, where States and organizations, both within and outside the region, work in a spirit of mutual trust, appreciation and respect to overcome security threats and challenges. And prevent escalation of potential conflicts with a view to creating an environment conducive to sustainable development, social progress and improved quality of life for all people in the region." MONITOR SHOWING BOLIVAR SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILIPPINE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SPOKESPERSON, ROBESPIERRE BOLIVAR, SAYING: "The North Koreans have tested more weapons in past couple of months in 2017 than in the years previously, and this is a statement of that concern. And ASEAN wants the North Koreans to know that ASEAN remains concerned about what it's doing, but also that we want to engage North Korea in the face-to-face candid dialogue on what is happening on the Korean peninsula." BOLIVAR EXITING NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 19th August 2017 10:48
- Keywords: ASEAN North Korea nuclear missile test ARF security
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SVPKQT
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- Story Text: Southeast Asian foreign ministers expressed grave concern on Saturday (August 5) about rising tensions on the Korean peninsula stemming from long-range missile tests by North Korea that "seriously threaten" global peace and security.
Taking a stronger tone than it has previously on the standoff, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) called for North Korea to comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions on its nuclear programme, and make a positive contribution to regional peace.
North Korea is determined to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States and officials in Washington say its latest test a week ago showed it may be able to reach most of the country. China has urged calm and restraint from all countries involved in the standoff.
The United Nations Security Council was set to vote on Saturday on a U.S.-drafted resolution that aims to slash by a third North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue over Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July.
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