North Korea sends envoy ahead of Asean talks in PHL

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 27, 2017

The talks were last held in April 2009, when North Korea pulled out to protest global condemnation of its long-range rocket launch.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano told a news conference that the delegation met with senior officials from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

North Korean vice foreign minister Choe Hui-Choi led a delegation that arrived here yesterday to discuss with their Filipino counterparts preparations for the participation of Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

"A delegation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea [DPRK], led by Vice Foreign Minister Choe Hui Chol, visited Manila yesterday", Foreign Affairs Spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said on Tuesday.

The Philippines as this year's chairman of the Asean is to host the ARF next week where the group's foreign ministers are to meet with representatives of their 17 dialogue partners including the US, Japan, China, India, Russia as well as South and North Korea.

North Korea has been under pressure from the global community for its series of nuclear ballistic missile tests.

ASEAN was established by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand in 1967, Since then, Brunei, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia have joined the organization.

The ARF, to be held in Manila on August 7, is a regional security forum known to be a rare event joined by the reclusive North along with the other five countries involved in the suspended six-party denuclearization talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program. It provides a setting in which members can discuss current regional security issues and develop cooperative measures to enhance peace and security in the region.

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