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ASEM summit adopts chair statement condemning N.K. nuke, missile programs

All News 16:44 July 16, 2016

ULAANBAATAR, July 16 (Yonhap) -- The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit on Saturday adopted its chair's statement strongly denouncing North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

"The chair's statement includes the content strongly condemning North Korea's development of nuclear arms and missiles, and calling for the full-scale enforcement of U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions (against the North)," Kim Kyou-hyun, senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs, told reporters.

The statement also mentioned that the leaders of the ASEM member states discussed ways to strengthen their cooperation over pending regional issues including the "recent situations concerning the Korean Peninsula and North Korea's human rights situation."

The two-day summit, which brought together top officials from more than 50 nations in Mongolia, ended on Saturday. The biennial gathering was held under the main theme, "20 years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity."

The chair's statement also noted that ASEM leaders welcomed President Park Geun-hye's proposal to resume the long-stalled meeting of ASEM economic ministers in South Korea next year.

The economic ministers' meeting has not been held since the last one in China in 2003. After the 2003 gathering, the ASEM members sought to hold another session later. But the move floundered amid a spat among ASEM members over Myanmar's human rights issue.

Kang Seog-hoon, the president's senior secretary for economic affairs, said that Park's remarks at the summit, which urged efforts to shun protectionism and solidify the foundation of free trade, were also reflected in the chair's statement.

"Park's core message for the spread of free trade, inclusive growth and the resumption of the ASEM economic ministers' meeting were included (in the chair's statement," Kang told reporters.

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