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A nuclear free Korea peninsula
Publication Date : 30-09-2013
For the past years, the escalating tension on the troubled Korean peninsula has been a point of contention for regional peace and stability.
Security in the Asia Pacific was dealt a blow when North Korea announced it has executed an underground nuclear test on February 12. Pyongyang is also believed to have tested plutonium bombs in 2006 and 2009.
In relation to the test, Pyongyang also announced that it had made progress in miniaturising an atomic weapon, essential to fitting it into the cone of a missile. Obviously tension on the Korean peninsula soared after the test.
Pyongyang - as reported by the Western media - was then seen be on a belligerent stance threatening nuclear attacks on the United States, South Korea and Japan after new UN sanctions were imposed in response to its latest atomic test.
In seeking ways to achieve peace to the troubled peninsula, Asean has urged North Korea to fully comply with its obligations to United Nations Security Council resolutions, namely 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009) and 2087 (2013), and to its commitments under the September 19, 2005 Six-Party Talks' Joint Statement.
It should be noted that Asean has reaffirmed its full support for all efforts in seeking a peaceful outcome and would like to see the two Koreas engage in dialogue to prevent any outcome of war, similar in the fashion that worked successfully to attain peace in war-torn Cambodia in 1992.
Asean further emphasised the importance of dialogue aimed at promoting mutual understanding and confidence among all concerned parties. Hopefully Asean, under Brunei's chairmanship, will be able to engage North Korea to adopt a more "sustainable position" and thus pave the way to bring about the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.