READ: 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting Joint Communique

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2017 01:38 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2017 01:44 PM

Foreign ministers and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary-General Le Luong Minh join hands for a family photo during opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting in Manila on Saturday. Mohd Rasfan/Pool

MANILA - Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday released a joint communique that bared the regional bloc's stance on the demilitarization of the South China Sea, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and the global threat of extremism.

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Southeast Asia's top diplomats will meet with with their counterparts from the bloc's 17 dialogue partner states Monday afternoon at the ASEAN Regional Forum, a key security summit where representatives of the suspended six party talks - North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, and the United States - are expected to have a heated discussion on the imposition of sanctions against Pyongyang.