A meeting within of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit held in Sydney, Australia (Photo: VNA)
 
Sydney (VNA) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia have voiced their concerns about escalating tension in the Korean Peninsula.

In a statement issued on March 18 within the framework at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, ASEAN and Australia leaders urged the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to immediately and fully comply with its obligations under all relevant resolutions of the United Nation Security Council, adding that the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile development “threaten regional and global security”.

The two-day special summit opened in Sydney, Australia on March 17. On the second day of the summit, participants discussed security and economic issues, including most urgent security challenges in the region.

ASEAN and Australia set up relations in 1974. Australia was the first nation establishing the official dialogue partnership with ASEAN in all three fields of politics, economics and specialised cooperation.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. - VNA