Australia is among the APEC countries that have condemned North Korea’s missile test.
- The US has called a meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit.
- They discussed North Korea’s move to test a missile capable of reaching the United States.
- Anthony Albany says that North Korea’s actions threaten the security of the Indo-Pacific region.
US Vice President Kamala Harris called an emergency meeting of several allies on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit on Friday, along with the leaders of five other countries to condemn North Korea after it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. done States
North Korea conducted the missile test just hours before the start of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Bangkok, and Harris met with leaders from Australia, Japan, South Korea, Canada and New Zealand to discuss it.
“North Korea’s recent behavior is in flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions,” Ms Harris said. “It destabilizes security in the region, and unnecessarily escalates tensions.”
A senior US administration official said the weapon tested on Friday was a “long-range missile … that can hit many, many countries” and said the UN Security Council had asked the North A meeting should be held to discuss the latest experiences in Korea.
Washington is in regular contact with China, which along with Russia has blocked recent US efforts to strengthen UN sanctions on North Korea’s missile tests, the official said.
“We understand that Beijing has a role,” the official said.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albany said that North Korea’s actions threaten the security of the entire Indo-Pacific region.
“North Korea’s reckless testing of multiple missiles poses a threat to the security of our entire region,” he said in a message on Twitter.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the launch and urged Pyongyang to immediately desist from further provocations.
White House national security spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing in Washington that North Korea had learned from each launch and that was worrisome.
Reiterating Washington’s offer to resume talks with North Korea without preconditions, Kirby said the U.S. is working very hard with allies Japan and South Korea “to make sure we have adequate defense capabilities.” are present.”
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida warned of more missile tests by North Korea and a possible resumption of its nuclear test for the first time since 2017.
U.S. President Joe Biden met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday and said Beijing had a responsibility to try to talk North Korea into resuming nuclear tests, although it was unclear. is whether China will be able to subdue Pyongyang.
Separately, police in Bangkok fired rubber bullets to disperse anti-government protesters as APEC host Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha opened the conference.
Mr Prayuth urged the summit participants to seek sustainable growth and development in the wake of economic and social challenges from COVID, climate change and geopolitical rivalries.
“We can’t live like we are anymore,” he told an audience that included Harris and Eleven.
Established to promote economic integration, APEC groups 21 countries that account for 38 percent of the world’s population, and 62 percent of gross domestic product and 48 percent of trade.
Mr Prayuth did not refer to the North Korean missile, which Japanese officials say landed just 200 kilometers from Japan and had a range sufficient to reach the US mainland.
The APEC gathering is the third summit held in the region over the past week. A Southeast Asian summit involving China, Japan and the United States was held in Cambodia while the Group of 20 (G20) nations met in the Indonesian island of Bali.
Previous meetings have been dominated by the war in Ukraine, as well as tensions over Taiwan and the Korean Peninsula.
Campaigners want leaders to focus on food insecurity, rising inflation, climate change and human rights.
A reminder of the grassroots demands came as Thai pro-democracy protesters clashed with police about 10 kilometers from Thailand’s main summit.
Videos on social media showed protesters attempting to overturn a police vehicle, hurling projectiles and charging at police, while riot police beat them with batons.
An official in charge of security for the summit said police fired rubber bullets to disperse about 350 anti-government protesters.
Police said they have arrested 10 people.
French President Emmanuel Macron urged APEC leaders to re-accept international rules and multilateralism for global peace and stability.
He said Russia’s war in Ukraine was an “aggression against international law”, and countries should address inequality and instability.
“We have to reform the DNA of our economies. Everyone has embraced capitalism and trade but we have to make it more inclusive and sustainable,” he said.
At the G20 in Indonesia, countries unanimously adopted a declaration that said most members condemned the war in Ukraine, but also acknowledged that some saw the conflict differently.
A joint statement by EPIC ministers said some members condemned the war.
“There were other views and different assessments of the situation and the sanctions,” he said. He added that APEC was not a forum to address security issues.
Russia is a member of both the G20 and APEC, but President Vladimir Putin has stayed away from the summit. First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov is representing them at APEC.
Mr Xi warned on Thursday that the Asia-Pacific was no one’s backyard and should not become an arena of great power rivalry, warning against Cold War tensions in a region that has become the focus of competition between Beijing and Washington.
“Any attempt to start a new Cold War will not be allowed by the people or our era,” he said at a business event linked to the summit.
The world’s two largest economies have been at loggerheads in recent years over issues such as tariffs, Taiwan, intellectual property, the loss of Hong Kong’s autonomy and disputes in the South China Sea.
In a move seen as a possible provocation by China, Ms Harris is due to visit the Philippine islands of Palawan on Tuesday in the disputed South China Sea.
She will be the highest-ranking US official to visit the island chain, which is adjacent to the Spratly Islands. China has dredged the sea floor to build ports and airstrips on the Spratlys, parts of which are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.