Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM urges ‘calm’ between US and North Korea

PM urges ‘calm’ between US and North Korea

Prime Minister Hun Sen chairs an event today in Phnom Penh.
Prime Minister Hun Sen chairs an event today in Phnom Penh. Facebook

PM urges ‘calm’ between US and North Korea

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday chimed in on an ongoing crisis between the United States and North Korea, calling for “calm” and expressing hope that Cambodia would not be targeted should war break out.

Last week, North Korea launched a missile into the Sea of Japan, demonstrating its capacity to strike anywhere on mainland America. In response, the US and South Korea staged their largest joint military exercise ever, prompting a threat of “retaliation” from North Korea.

“After North Korea launched a missile last week, now they think the missile can reach anywhere on their land. Now they’re beginning to get scared,” Hun Sen said, in an apparent reference to the United States.

“What will the world become now? They keep threatening each other. North Korea threatens the whole world, and they are afraid of North Korea. I do not know what is going to happen,” he said.

“I do not want to say much about those problems, but I hope the world will be calm via dialogue with constructive intentions, and perhaps Cambodia, the small country, is not the target of nuclear attack from North Korea or terrorists,” he continued, adding: “I hope so.”

The US Embassy in Phnom Penh declined to comment.

The Kingdom has historically enjoyed cosy ties with the hermit state dating back to the friendship between Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea, and the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan said yesterday Cambodia “wants to be free from weapons of mass destruction”, and noted Cambodia often condemns the North’s aggression.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the speech was given on Monday. It was in fact on Tuesday. The Post apologises for any confusion caused.

MOST VIEWED

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

  • Gov’t says tourism recovers slightly despite pandemic

    The Ministry of Tourism and the Phnom Penh municipal administration have recognised 33 tourism businesses in the capital which have consistently implemented safety measures for tourists and adhered to the code of conduct issued by the ministry. Recently, the ministry announced that tourism businesses had to

  • Mull ASEAN border opening, PM urges

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that ASEAN launch a scenario for gradually reopening cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region. He said ASEAN has had more success combating Covid-19 compared to other regions. The prime minister’s request was made at the

  • Ministry reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, reiterates vigilance

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has urged people to continue practising virus prevention techniques after 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 within two days after arriving in the Kingdom. Speaking on Sunday, Bun Heng stressed the importance of washing hands, wearing masks or scarves when

  • Nine on Indonesia flight Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed nine more imported cases of Covid-19. The nine ‒ eight Cambodians and one Indonesian, aged 22 to 26 ‒ arrived in Cambodia on Thursday via a direct flight from Indonesia and are receiving treatment at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hostipal in Phnom Penh.

  • Kingdom’s financial sector healthy

    Cambodia's financial sector remains on a sustainable growth path despite the Covid-19 pandemic squeezing crucial industries, National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) governor Chea Chanto said. Tourism, garments and footwear have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 impact, he said, whereas the financial and agriculture sectors

  • Vietnam told to remove border tents

    Kandal provincial governor Kong Sophoan has ordered local authorities to prohibit the construction of buildings in areas bordering Cambodia and to report any irregularities immediately. Recently, Vietnamese officials removed another seven tents from the border area with Cambodia. His remarks were made on Wednesday afternoon

  • Migrant workers set to return from Malaysia

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed on Thursday that 158 Cambodian students and migrant workers will fly home from Malaysia on Friday morning. This is the second flight to bring Cambodians home from Malaysia. A ministry notice said Malaysia Airlines Flight MH754 will

  • Cambodia to remain neutral on ASEAN-China territorial dispute

    Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn told an informal meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers on Wednesday that Cambodia will stay neutral on the South China Sea. He appealed to all stakeholders to continue fostering a conducive environment that contributes to the end