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Jakarta Post

ASEAN steps back in efforts to mediate inter-Korean tensions

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24, 2019   /  07:44 am
ASEAN steps back in efforts to mediate inter-Korean tensions High hopes: South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left), Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (center) and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha pose for a group photo before the start of the ASEAN-South Korea summit on the sidelines of the 33rd ASEAN summit in Singapore on Nov. 14, 2018. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

ASEAN is eyeing a smaller role in mediating peace on the Korean Peninsula, with officials potentially backtracking on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s previous plan to invite North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to an ASEAN-South Korea summit later this year. The regional group and its contacts from Seoul have yet to decide whether to invite Kim to a commemorative summit in Busan, South Korea, in November, following more frequent engagement between North Korea and the United States on denuclearization. The upcoming summit is being held to celebrate 30 years of the ASEAN-South Korea dialogue partnership that was established in 1989. Indonesia’s permanent representative to ASEAN, Ade Padmo Sarwono, said the proposal had been tabled by Jokowi after the US-North Korea summit in Singapore last year when the situation was largely positive. “The idea is stil...