SINGAPORE, Asean has urged all concerned parties to continue working towards the realisation of lasting peace and stability on a denuclearised Korean Peninsula.
Making this call in a Joint Communique issued at the 51st Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting here Thursday, the 10-nation regional body also welcomed North Korea's stated commitment to complete denuclearisation and its pledge to refrain from further nuclear and missile tests during this period.
Asean reiterated its support for all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions and international efforts to bring about the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, saying that it will contribute to peace and stability in the region.
The pact welcomed the Inter-Korean Summits (IKS) held on April 27, 2018 and May 26, 2018, as well as the summit between the United States (US) and North Korea in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
They also welcomed the Panmunjom Declaration, as well as the Joint Statement signed between US President Donald J Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The Asean ministers also reiterated their commitment to preserve the Southeast Asian region as a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone and free of all other weapons of mass destruction as enshrined in the Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone (SEANWFZ Treaty) and the ASEAN Charter.
We stress the importance of the full and effective implementation of the SEANWFZ Treaty, including under the Plan of Action to Strengthen the Implementation of the SEANWFZ Treaty (2018-2022).
We reaffirm our commitment to continuously engage the Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) and intensify the ongoing efforts of all Parties to resolve all outstanding issues in accordance with the objectives and principles of the SEANWFZ Treaty, the joint statement said.
The Ministers said ASEAN experts could explore ways to bridge the differences, including the possibility of engaging with NWS experts.
We will continue to submit the biennial SEANWFZ Resolution through the First Committee to the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly), it said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK