Pacific island leaders have referred to North Korean issues for the first time in a joint declaration issued at the end of a meeting in Japan.
Leaders from Japan as well as 18 Pacific island nations and territories ended a 2-day summit in the city of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday.
The joint declaration stressed that a free, open, sustainable maritime order, based on the rule of law, will contribute to peace and prosperity in the region.
The leaders pledged to work closely together in maritime security, human resource development, and on other issues.
The declaration said that climate change is the most imminent threat to Pacific island nations. It said the issue should be addressed with a sense of urgency.
The leaders expressed hope that North Korea will take concrete actions following the US-North Korea summit slated for June 12th.
They also expressed deep concerns over the North's attempts to evade international sanctions, including the transfer of goods at sea.
The declaration called for concrete measures to deter such attempts. It proposed canceling the registration of North Korean ships in the Pacific island nations.