READ: 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting Joint Communique

READ: 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting Joint Communique

READ: 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting Joint Communique

Then-South Korean foreign minister Kim Sung-hwan held brief informal talks with North Korean counterpart Pak Ui Chun on the sidelines of a regional security forum held in 2011 in Bali, Indonesia. As in past criticisms, they did not cite China by name.

"There were views that, 'How can we hear them out or confront them if they're not there?' But there's also a view that we should give them an ultimatum", Cayetano said late Friday after discussing the issue with other foreign ministers.

A Southeast Asian diplomat told the AP on Sunday that Vietnam had pushed for stronger language despite opposition from numerous ministers, whose countries rely heavily on China for trade and investment. She says the US plans to discuss the issue with other Asian nations during a regional meeting taking place in the Philippines. The code will not serve as a tool to settle territorial disputes, according to the framework. But Thornton says the USA will continue referring to the ruling and will keep pressing for freedom of navigation and for respect for rules and laws.

"If there is a chance, I would tell him that we must have dialogue and that the North must stop the continuous provocations", South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha told reporters upon arrival in Manila.

It is one of the very few multilateral events attended by North Korea's foreign minister nearly every year.

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China's territorial disputes in the strategic waterway with five other governments intensified after it built islands in disputed waters and reportedly started to install a missile defense system on them, alarming rival claimant states and Western governments.

The encounter came a day after the UN Security Council passed sweeping sanctions on the North over its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which sparked global alarm.

The South Korea government source said the brief one-to-one conversation happened in an impromptu manner Sunday night when the two ministers happened to be in the same waiting room of a gala dinner for top diplomats from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and almost 20 other countries, also including China, Japan and the United States.

Cambodia wanted its sentiments on the Korean Peninsula better reflected in the Asean foreign ministers' joint communiqué, stalling its issuance last Saturday after the ministers concluded their meeting, the diplomat said, adding that Cambodia's stance may have been influenced by China.

The Philippine government said the plan to conduct joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea would really depend if the endeavor is worth pursuing, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday.

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