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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has continued the country's missile development in spite of U.N. sanctions.   © Reuters
International relations

ASEAN countries at impasse on North Korea

Friendly ties soured for some by Kim Jong Nam murder

JUN ENDO, Nikkei staff writer | China

MANILA -- Association of Southeast Asian Nations members are reportedly at odds over how to address mounting international controversies over North Korea at an upcoming summit after the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother on their turf.

Preliminary talks kicked off Wednesday ahead of the summit, which is set to end Saturday. A draft copy of the chairman's statement seen by The Nikkei contained a heading for North Korea but no actual content under it. These post-meeting statements are typically drafted at working-level talks beforehand, then fine-tuned based on discussion by leaders, foreign ministers and other senior government officials.

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