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US moves to have North Korea suspended from ASEAN Regional Forum

The move is part of a broader effort to isolate Pyongyang and force it to end its missile tests.

world Updated: Aug 03, 2017 09:12 IST
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Associated Press, Manila
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This July 27, 2017 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 29, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un signing documents for test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Hwasong-14 at undisclosed place in North Korea. Kim Jong-Un boasted of North Korea's ability to strike any target in the US after a second ICBM test that weapons experts said could even bring New York into range – in a potent challenge to US President Donald Trump. (AFP)

A senior US official says Washington will seek talks on how North Korea can be suspended from Asia’s biggest security forum as part of a broader effort to isolate Pyongyang diplomatically and force it to end its missile tests and abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton told reporters in Washington on Wednesday that North Korea’s actions have violated the conflict-prevention aims of the ASEAN Regional Forum, which groups the United States and North Korea with 25 other countries.

Two Filipino officials tell The Associated Press that US officials have discussed such a prospect with Philippine officials, who told them it may be better to keep North Korea in the forum, where it can be persuaded to stop provocations through dialogue.

First Published: Aug 03, 2017 09:05 IST