Asia Pacific Leaders Reiterate Need for Diplomacy in Wake of 5th DPRK Nuclear Test

In a new statement denouncing the latest nuclear test by North Korea, Asia-Pacific Leadership Network (APLN) Co-Convenors Chung-in Moon and Ramesh Thakur call on "all countries in a position to do so to use their influence with North Korea to lower tensions and cease acts of provocation."

The leaders' statement expresses deep concern about the destabilizing effect of North Korea's test in Northeast Asia and beyond. Of particular concern: the claim that the test was of a miniaturized device capable of being mounted on a missile.

"We reiterate that political tensions and grievances can be addressed only by political means, not by aggravating existing tensions and escalating an arms race," the statement says.


September 13, 2016
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Asia-Pacific Leadership Network Co-Convenors denounce North Korea following its latest nuclear test and call for increased diplomatic efforts to prevent as escalating arms race.

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Ramesh Thakur

Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (CNND), Crawford School, Australian National Univ