Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean called on both North Korea and Malaysia to settle their differences without resorting to extreme measures on Thursday (Mar 8). DPM Teo is on a tour to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, to attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association Leader's Summit.
Mr Teo referred to the spat between Malaysia and North Korea over the murder of Kim Jong Nam on Malaysian soil. Kim Jong Nam is the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea has barred Malaysians from leaving North Korea, and Malaysia has responded in kind by preventing North Koreans in Malaysia from leaving as well.
"We have been watching that development there very carefully, not just between North Korea and Malaysia, but also North Korea and its very active launching of missiles, in the last few days," said Mr Teo to Singapore media in Jakarta.
“I think that we should to encourage North Korea to be more moderate in the actions that it is taking in order to try and preserve peace and stability and security in our region," added Mr Teo.