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Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks with reporters Tuesday at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila.   © Reuters

ASEAN forum rebukes Pyongyang over missile, nuclear programs

North Korea calls newest UN sanctions an act of terror

KENICHI YAMADA and JUN ENDO, Nikkei staff writers | North Korea

MANILA -- Foreign ministers attending a regional forum hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations expressed "grave concern" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, the chairman's statement released Tuesday shows.

A similar statement from last year's ASEAN Regional Forum simply noted "shared concern" over North Korea. This year's meeting, which ended here Tuesday, was attended by foreign ministers and other representatives from 27 countries. The Philippines holds the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN this year, and Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano served as chairman of the forum.

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