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Asean Concerned about Regional Security

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Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn addressing to students on the regional issues. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Foreign Minister said that Asean member states expressed their concerns about the Korean peninsula, South China Sea and US-China trade war which are threatening the regional security.

Speaking at an award handover ceremony to students on Asean Quiz in Phnom Penh today, Prak Sokhonn said that some sensitive issues were raised during Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore last week.

“The most important issue is a regional security,” Mr Sokhonn said, including Korean peninsula, South China Sea and Trade War.

Mr Sokhonn said that the Asean member states also discussed terrorism, Rohingya issue in Myanmar and other issues which are posing threats to the regional security,

Related to economy, he said that the Asean expressed its concerns about the trade war between the United State and China in which it could affect Asean.

Mr Sokhonn said that Korean peninsula and South China Sea were also a sensitive issue for Asean member states.

“Nuclear issue in Korean Peninsula is threatening regional and global security,” he said, adding that it could affect the region if a nuclear war ever happened.

Mr Sokhonn said that the Cambodia’s stance has never changed on the solution in Korea Peninsula, especially North Korea.

“We always show our stance that North Korea must respect the international obligation,” he said, adding that as a member of United Nations, Cambodia had to follow the UN’s decision.

“We want the Korean Peninsula to be denulearised,” he said and noted that despite improved situation, Koreas have no official peace deal.

Full story on Wednesday’s paper.

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