'US would win': Mattis warns North Korea

Asean diplomats issue strong rebuke, warning to North Korea | SunStar

Asean diplomats issue strong rebuke, warning to North Korea | SunStar

ASEAN has affirmed and promoted its central role in addressing regional and global issues via peaceful measures and dialogues in line with worldwide law, he stressed.

Bloomberg reported that "China saw Vietnam as pushing for" language critical of China in the code of conduct, so the Chinese foreign minister cancelled a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart "at the last minute".

North Korea regularly uses flamboyant language to make threats against the USA and the West.

Earlier on Tuesday, Japan's Defence Ministry said "It is conceivable that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturisation of nuclear weapons and has acquired nuclear warheads".

As coordinator of the ASEAN-India relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, alongside India's Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh, co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting, which produced number of important outcomes, including the approval of the theme for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit as "Shared Values, Common Destiny".

"Relations between China and Singapore have experienced ups and downs". "I asked several clarifying questions, just to describe the thinking behind that diplomatic note that we received, but I told them we would respond by September 1", he said, referring to Moscow's deadline to shrink the mission.

"Overall, Vietnam's contributions to the AMM 50 demonstrate the country's proactivity, high sense of responsibility and maturity in regional integration, thus enhancing our role and prestige in the ASEAN and in ties with it's partners", Deputy FM Nguyen Quoc Dung said.

The ministers also underscored the importance of "non-militarization and self-restraint" in the region to avoid further complicating and escalating tensions in the South China Sea.

After the ASEAN meeting, China's foreign minister had called out "some countries" who voiced concern over island reclamation. "This feels completely like a mission assigned [to Japan] by the US", Wang said.

The Global Times, an influential state-run Chinese tabloid, said in June that the once "special relationship" between the two nations was fading away amid mistrust over the South China Sea. Evidently, similar offers-you-can't-refuse have been made to previous ASEAN chairs, including this year's hosts, the Philippines.

Tensions between the two countries burst into the open last November when Hong Kong port authorities impounded nine Singaporean armored military vehicles being shipped home from training grounds in Taiwan.

Even an worldwide arbitration court's July 2016 ruling that a Chinese territorial claim asserting sovereignty over almost all of the sea was invalid went largely undiscussed this year.

With the theme "Under one light, we are one ASEAN", the ceremony included a series of performances praising the friendship and solidarity of the 10 member states.

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