South Korea denounces NK provocations in ASEAN meetings

Deputy Foreign Minister Chung Byung-won /Yonhap

South Korea denounced North Korea’s recent provocations, including its trash balloon campaign and GPS jamming attacks, and called for a clear and concerted message by the international community to address such threats, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Chung Byung-won made the remark as he attended a series of Senior Officials’ Meetings in Vientiane involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to the ministry.

The meetings included those for the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the sole regional security forum joined by North Korea, the ASEAN-plus-three meeting, which involves the 10-member ASEAN, South Korea, China and Japan, and the East Asia Summit (EAS).

Attending the ARF meeting was the North’s ambassador to Laos, Ri Yong-chol.

In the ARF and EAS meetings, Chung condemned the North’s provocations — ranging from its failed spy satellite launch and short-range 카지노 ballistic missile launch in May to its trash balloon campaign and GPS jamming attacks — as “irrational provocative acts,” the ministry said.

Chung emphasized the need for the international community to send a clear and concerted message urging the North to cease its tension-escalating acts and to strictly implement U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions aimed at curbing the North’s nuclear and missile developments.

Many ARF member countries expressed concerns over the North’s continued nuclear and missile development and provocations and stressed problem-solving efforts through the sanctions resolutions and dialogue, according to the ministry.

On the sidelines of the meetings, Chung held separate bilateral talks with his Laotian and Australian counterparts to discuss preparations for an upcoming meeting of foreign ministers and the ASEAN summit, slated for July and October, respectively, the ministry said

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