JEJU (SOUTH KOREA): Malaysia has called on North Korea to immediately return to the Six-Party Talks for the peaceful resolution of the country’s nuclear weapons programme.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia stood by its conviction that the Six-Party Talks – involing North Korea, South Korea, China, United States and Russia – is the best platform available to resolve all outstanding issues amicably.
“Malaysia hopes that all parties concerned would remain committed to the process including focusing on ways to build mutual trust and confidence,” he said in his statement at the final session of the Asean-South Korea Commemorative Summit here Tuesday.
The two-day summit, which marks 20 years of Korea being a dialogue partner with Asean, ended Tuesday.
Najib said Malaysia was deeply concerned over the latest developments in the Korean Peninsula which was a clear violation of North Korea’s obligations under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and decisions.
“We must deplore and condemn the recent nuclear test carried out by North Korea which represents a serious setback to the efforts aimed at keeping the region and the world free from nuclear weapons,” he said.
Najib said Malaysia strongly believed that the continued existence of nuclear weapons was a grave threat to humanity, particularly by increasing the risk of proliferation.
“Malaysia, therefore, reiterates the importance of achieving the universal goal of complete and general disarmament, especially weapons of mass destruction and its delivery system,” he added.
Malaysia also called for South Korea’s support in the latest efforts by the United States for the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
“Malaysia would like to call on South Korea to continue extending its assistance in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Gaza and the West Bank for the long term economic prosperity of the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” he said.
Source : The Star