JEJU ISLAND (South Korea), 2 June 2009: Malaysia today expressed deep concern on the latest developments in the Korean peninsula and condemned the recent nuclear test carried out by North Korea.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the test by North Korea represented a serious setback to efforts aimed at keeping the region and the world free from nuclear weapons and their delivery systems.
He said the latest developments in the Korean peninsula were a clear violation of its obligations under the relevant United Nations Security Council resolution and decisions.
“Malaysia strongly believes that the continued existence of nuclear weapons presents a grave threat to humanity, particularly by increasing the risk of proliferation.
“Malaysia, therefore, reiterates the importance of achieving the universal goal of complete and general disarmament especially weapons of mass destruction and its delivery system,” he said in a statement at the second session of the Asean-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit here.
The summit, which was held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Korea’s relations with Asean, was attended by South Korean president Lee Myung-bak and all the 10 leaders of Asean member countries.
Najib said Malaysia would continue to monitor the developments in the Northeast Asian region.
“We urge [North Korea] to immediately return to the Six-Party Talks. Malaysia stands by its conviction that the Six-Party Talks process is the best platform available to resolve all outstanding issues amicably.
“Malaysia hopes that all parties concerned would remain committed to the process, including focusing on ways to build mutual trust and confidence,” he added.
The prime minister said Malaysia would like to see peace and stability, as well as a denuclearised Korean peninsula as it would benefit the Asian region as a whole. — Bernama