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Asean foreign ministers concerned over escalating tensions in Korean peninsula

MANILA: Asean foreign ministers have expressed grave concern over the escalation of tensions in the Korean peninsula, and are worried that the instability in the area will have an impact on the region and beyond.

In a statement issued on the eve of the 30th Asean Summit here, the ministers said Asean was concerned over the situation, including North Korea's two nuclear tests in 2016 and subsequent ballistic missile launches.

"Asean strongly urges the DPRK to comply fully with its obligations arising from all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and international laws in the interest of maintaining international peace and security.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers, from left, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, Myanmar U Kyaw Tin, Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Philippine Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Brunei Darussalam Foreign Minister Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng, Cambodia's Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon, Laos Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh pose for a family photo during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) in Manila, Philippines April 28, 2017. - REUTERS/Aaron Favila/Pool

"Asean also urges the DPRK and all parties concerned to exercise self restraint in order to de-escalate the tension and refrain from actions that may aggravate the situation," they said.

The Star reported two days ago that North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has written to Asean secretary-general Le Luong Minh to inform Asean foreign ministers about the grave situation in the peninsula.