China says hopes North and South Korea can make contact soon

China says hopes North and South Korea can make contact soon

"Regarding what kind of COC will be produced, that is up to the discussion by the 11 parties of Asean plus China", he said.

The foreign minister of the world's most reclusive regime, North Korea's Ri Yong-ho, arrived in Manila early Sunday morning to join the ASEAN Regional Forum where eyes will be on who he meets with and what message he has to deliver from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He will also for the first time be in the same room as North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Hong-Yo, who defied U.S. attempts to isolate Pyongyang to attend the ASEAN regional forum.

The foreign ministers also noted other regional and global issues like developments in the Korean Peninsula, countering violent extremism, radicalization and terrorism, and the situation in the Middle East. "Even allies in the region like China, Japan, South Korea, all agreeing with the United States that North Korea and its nuclear capabilities must be stopped".

"ASEAN stands ready to play a constructive role in contributing to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula", they said. "North Korea would use the talk as a bargaining chip with the USA, as their goal is to have dialogue with Washington, not Seoul".

Tillerson told reporters that he and Kang would be discussing the next steps to take on North Korea.

From August 2 to 8, foreign ministers and senior officials from the 10 Member States of ASEAN, dialogue partners, and observers participate in ASEAN Ministerial Meetings and other Related Meetings at the Philippine International Convention (PICC) here.

They urged the North to immediately and fully comply with its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions.

Ando said that ASEAN countries are completely within reach of these ICBMs, making the threat imminent.

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.

This was after China and Asean ministers adopted the framework of COC at the Asean-China Ministerial Meeting at the PICC on Sunday.

According to a copy of a draft obtained by AFP, Vietnam lobbied for ASEAN to express serious concern over "construction" in the sea, a reference to China's ramped up building of artificial islands in the disputed waters in recent years.

The gala dinner was closed to the press, but what I hear from a ministry official is that Kang pointed out that North Korea has still not responded to the new administration's offer for talks following President Moon's peace initiative laid out in Berlin and that Seoul is waiting for Pyongyang's response.

Thornton says she expects China and other countries in the dispute will likely announce a new "code of conduct" framework during the summit for dealing with the maritime issue.

All parties say the framework is only an outline for how the code will be established but critics say the failure to outline as an initial objective the need to make the code legally binding and enforceable, or have a dispute resolution mechanism, raises doubts about how effective the pact will be.