Asean, Korean Leaders Reiterate Condemnation Of North Korean Nuclear Test

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JEJU ISLAND (South Korea), June 2 (Bernama) — Leaders of South Korea and the 10 Asean nations who are here for the Asean-South Korea Commemorative Summit Tuesday reiterated the condemnation of the recent underground nuclear test and missile launches by North Korea.

The leaders stressed in a press release that the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula through the resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue in a peaceful manner was essential in maintaining peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

They said the military actions by North Korea which had raised tensions in North Asia constituted clear violations of te Six-Party agreements and the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and decisions.

“The leaders expressed their desire that the Asean Regional Forum, as the premier regional security forum that includes Asean and all participants of the Six-Party Talks, can contribute towards an enduring peace and stability in the Korean peninsula.

They encouraged all concerned parties to actively pursue this objective,” it said.

Meanwhile, in a separate joint statement signed by South Korean president Lee Myung-bak and all the leaders of the 10 Asean nations, including Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the end of the summit today, the leaders agreed to forge closer, broader ties; reinforce political and security cooperation, as well as strengthen economic and development cooperation between their countries.

They also agreed to promote socio-cultural exchanges and cooperate on regional and global issues.

The leaders, among others, recognised that enhanced security on the Korean peninsula through dialogue and cooperation is essential for the peace, security and stability of the region.

“To this end, we are committed to continuing our efforts to reduce tension and promoting dialogue on the peninsula, including those to achieve an early resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue in a peaceful manner through the Six-Party Talks process.

The leaders said they were also committed to maintaining high-level visits, strengthening cooperation and sharing information on non-traditional security issues to promote cooperation in criminal justice and law enforcement, including combating terrorism, sea piracy, illicit drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, money laundering, arms smuggling, international economic crime and cyber crime, as well as to working together in ensuring the enhancement of maritime security in accordance with international law.

On strengthening economic and development cooperation, the leaders expressed their expectations that the trade volume between Asean and Korea would increase to US$150 billion by 2015 through the Asean-South Korea FTA and other complementary trade arrangements.

To this end, they agreed to utilise the Asean-Korea Centre to facilitate promotional activities for trade and investment, including product exhibitions, exchange of trade and investment missions, and exchange of information on trade and investment.

To further boost trade, investment and tourism, the leaders agreed to endeavour to begin discussions on an Air Services Agreement between Asean and Korea covering both passengers and air freight by early 2010.

On cooperation on regional and global issues, the leaders reaffirmed their determination to join efforts in dealing with the global challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation, current global economic and financial crisis, food security, energy security and communicable and emerging infectious diseases.

They also recognised that the recent food and energy crises are not confined to any specific country and agreed to endeavour to establish the Asean Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) to ensure food security in the region.

This year’s summit commemorates the 20th anniversary of Asean-Korea Dialogue Relations.

Source : Bernama

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