Philippines, ASEAN urge dialogue with North Korea

Regional bloc opts for diplomatic approach to resolve crisis

Philippines, ASEAN urge dialogue with North Korea

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Philippines, as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chair, on Monday called for dialogue among all sides involved in the North Korean nuclear and missile crisis.

“We urge all sides to do everything that the doors of dialogue will open. Both sides are talking about national security. But there will be no national security if there is a nuclear war, and even if it’s a war with conventional weapons,” Cayetano told reporters during a celebration of International Humanitarian Law Day as quoted by the state-run Philippine News Agency.

Cayetano said the regional bloc has opted to take a decisive diplomatic approach in dealing with the issue to attain a peaceful resolution.

On the sidelines of ASEAN meetings last week, President Rodrigo Duterte told North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho that ASEAN would be “a good dialogue partner” of Pyongyang.

Though Pyongyang clarified that its nuclear program was directed against the U.S., Cayetano, as chair of ASEAN, said both the Philippines and ASEAN are ready to play their part as the issue concerns the region.

Last Mod: 15 Ağustos 2017, 08:59
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