Leaders from 16 South Pacific countries called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to return to the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.
The leaders attending the two-day 37th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) here said the talks, involving the DPRK, South Korea, China, the United States, Japan and Russia, were the most effective mechanism to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.
They said in a forum communique that the DPRK was "the only party placing conditions on reconvening the six-party talks."
Forum leaders called on the DPRK "to return immediately and without delay to these talks," said the communique.
The six-party talks have been stalled since September last year when the DPRK boycotted the U.S. financial restrictions against Pyongyang.
The leaders welcomed UN Security Council resolution 1718, which unanimously adopted by the 15-member body earlier this month, imposes sanctions on the DPRK in areas related to weapons of mass destruction and demands Pyongyang eliminate all its nuclear weapons and return to six-party talks aimed at ending its nuclear program.
The PIF, set up in 1971, groups Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The DPRK announced on Oct. 9 that it had successfully conducted its first nuclear test.