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Jakarta Post

How Singapore summit impacts Southeast Asia

  • Aloysius Selwas Taborat and Danurdoro KM Parnohadiningrat


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12, 2018   /  11:21 am
How Singapore summit impacts Southeast Asia US President Donald Trump (right) walks out with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (left) after taking part in a signing ceremony at the end of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12. (POOL/AFP/Anthony Wallace)

The recent United States–North Korea summit has certainly been an epochal event, as it offers a glimmer of hope of triggering peace dividends on the Korean Peninsula.

While the Singapore summit on June 12 between leaders Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is instrumental to security in the East Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia faces its own security challenge and agenda. That is the full and effective implementation of the Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ).

This refers to the nuclear-weapon-free-zone designated to the 10 Southeast Asian countries when they signed the Treaty on the Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone in Bangkok on Dec. 15, 1995.

Other, similarly designated zones are the Tlatelolco (Latin and the Caribbean), Rarotonga (South Pacific), Pelindaba (Africa) and the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone. 

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