Call for zero nukes in North Korea

> Asean lead­ers at sum­mit also want com­mu­nist na­tion to return to dis­cus­sion ta­ble

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

MANILA: Asean lead­ers, con­cerned about the sit­u­a­tion in the Korean Penin­sula, want North Korea to to­tally drop its nu­clear weapons pro­gramme.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak said they also wanted North Korea to return to the dis­cus­sion ta­ble to en­sure peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

Na­jib, who led the Malaysian del­e­ga­tion to the 31st Asean Sum­mit and Re­lated Meet­ings which ended here yes­ter­day, said deep con­cern was voiced by him and the other lead­ers at the Asean-South Korea Sum­mit on Mon­day, which was also at­tended by South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in, Ber­nama re­ported.

From the eco­nomic as­pect, Na­jib said the Asean lead­ers stressed that real ef­forts and co­op­er­a­tion must be en­hanced to en­sure the tar­get of US$200 bil­lion (RM837.86 bil­lion) worth of trade be­tween Korea and Asean can be achieved by 2020.

“The lead­ers also touched on the po­ten­tial of in­creas­ing eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion be­tween them af­ter the AseanSouth Korea Free Trade Agree­ment has been fi­nalised,” he said.

On the bi­lat­eral meet­ing be­tween him and his Ja­panese coun­ter­part, Shinzo Abe, on Sun­day, Na­jib said they discussed sev­eral mat­ters in­clud­ing the KLSin­ga­pore High Speed Rail project, the first high-speed, cross-bor­der rail project in South­east Asia that was signed be­tween Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore in De­cem­ber 2016.

Na­jib said he told Abe that Malaysia would open the ten­der to par­ties in­ter­ested to bid for the project, and the bids would be con­sid­ered from an over­all as­pect.

The land ac­qui­si­tion process for the project started on Nov 1, paving the way for the bid­ding process which is ex­pected to be­gin by year-end. The in­fra­struc­ture project for a dis­tance of 350km is ex­pected to at­tract international bids.

Na­jib said he and Abe also discussed co­op­er­a­tion in the ha­lal in­dus­try, and also thanked the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment for its con­tri­bu­tion of two ships to the Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency.

... Ai­rA­sia Group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tan Sri Tony Fer­nan­des (sev­enth from left) with of­fi­cials and staff from Ai­rA­sia Malaysia, In­done­sia, Thai­land and the Philip­pines pos­ing with an air­craft fea­tur­ing the ‘I Love Asean’ liv­ery in Manila yes­ter­day.

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