September 24, 2023

Seoul calls on ASEAN to support denuclearization of North Korea

Southeast Asia’s longstanding relations with Pyongyang could play role in bringing it to negotiating table, expert says

South Korean defense chief Lee Jong-sup called on Southeast Asian countries to support the denuclearization of and negotiations with North Korea, according to a press release from Seoul’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Thursday.

Addressing the 9th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)-Plus meeting in Cambodia on Wednesday, Lee warned that North Korea’s “nuclear and missile provocations,” including the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday, are serious threats to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and to the wider international community.