MANILA, Nov 14 (Bernama) — ASEAN leaders, concerned about the situation in the Korean Peninsula, want North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons programme altogether.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a statement on Tuesday, said they also wanted North Korea to return to the discussion table to ensure peace and stability in the region.
Najib, who is leading the Malaysian delegation to the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings which end today, said the deep concern was voiced out by him and the other leaders at the ASEAN-South Korea Summit on Monday which was also attended by South Korean President, Moon Jae-in.
From the economic aspect, Najib said the ASEAN leaders stressed that real efforts and cooperation must be upped to ensure that the target of US$200 billion worth of trade between Korea and ASEAN could be achieved by 2020.
“The leaders also touched on the potential of increasing economic integration between them after the ASEAN-South Korea FTA (Free Trade Agreement) has been finalised,” he said…..