Senior officials from Southeast Asian nations and their dialogue partners, including the US, Japan and China, discussed the causes of tensions and security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region in Brunei on May 24, according to Kyodo News.

The Japanese news agency, quoting diplomatic officials, reported that 27 member nations of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) discussed the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and territorial disputes in the East Sea and East China Sea.

The speakers stressed the need to resolve both issues peacefully, saying further aggravating the tensions might disrupt the region's stability.

ARF is an important security forum in the Asia-Pacific region, which comprises the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam -- plus Australia, Canada, the EU, New Zealand, the US, Russia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Pakistan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Japan, China and India.-VNA