Pacific Leaders condemn Tensions in the North Pacific by North Korea

Pacific Leaders condemned repeated efforts by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and the threat posed to Guam, which constitutes a threat to the wider Pacific Islands region.

The 48th Pacific Island Forum leaders also agreed on the importance of ensuring the full implementation of relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.

Pacific Island Forum leaders are committed to deregistering any DPRK trading or fishing vessels currently flagged on Pacific states’ shipping registers.

New Zealand and Australia will assist other member states with intelligence gathering to identify illegally flagged DPRK vessels and offered to off-set the financial burden incurred.