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Philippines, Australia slam North Korea rocket launch

Map showing the expected splashdown points of two stages of North Korea's planned rocket launch in April, according to details submitted to the International Maritime Organization. Agence France-Presse

SYDNEY—Australia and the Philippines on Wednesday joined a growing list of nations to condemn a North Korean plan to launch a long-range rocket next month, urging Pyongyang to abandon the move.

The North has said it intends to launch the rocket to put a satellite in orbit sometime between April 12 and 16, in a move the United States and other nations say is a pretext for a missile test.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the launch would be a clear breach of United Nations Security Council resolutions and undermines pledges North Korea made in recent talks with the US.

“North Korea’s nuclear and long-range missile programs present a real and credible threat to the security of the region, and to Australia,” he said.

“As recently as three weeks ago, North Korea agreed in talks with the United States to implement a moratorium on long-range missile launches.

“I call on North Korea to follow through on this recent assurance and its previous commitments and abandon its launch plan.”

A UN Security Council resolution passed after the North’s missile and nuclear tests in 2009 bans a ballistic missile launch for any purpose.

Washington also says a launch would breach a bilateral deal announced on February 29, which offered 240,000 tons of US food aid in return for a partial nuclear freeze and a suspension of missile tests.

The Philippines said the threatened launch was “unacceptable” and urged Pyongyang to call of the launch and to comply with UN resolutions.

“We express grave concern over (North Korea’s) announced plan to launch a satellite between April 12 and 16 which we find unacceptable,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The Philippines is a longtime ally of the United States and South Korea, having sent troops to fight under the United Nations flag to defend the South from a North Korean invasion during the 1950-1953 war.

The Philippines established diplomatic relations with North Korea in 2000, one of the last Asian countries to do so.

Leaders of five nations will discuss ways to press Pyongyang to scrap the rocket launch when they meet next week at a Seoul summit, South Korean president Lee Myung-Bak said in interviews published Wednesday.

US President Barack Obama will attend the nuclear security summit, along with leaders of China, South Korea, Japan and Russia. All the countries have been involved since 2003 in talks to shut down the North’s nuclear program.

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Tags: Australia , Diplomacy , Foreign affairs , Long-Range Missile , North Korea , Philippines , Satellite , Security

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    aba’y sobrang halik sa pwet na yan
    sa imperyalistang u.s.

    ano naman pakialam natin dyan?
    independent astig country yan

    pag inalis ng u.s. mga tropa nila
    sa korean peninsula
    siguradong tigil nuclear weapons
    at rockets ng nokor

    • Dalvo

      independent astig?
      halik sa pwet ng imperyalistang US?

      nakakamangha ang kawalang alam mo.

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        mas namamangha ako sa pagka
        u.s. collaborator mo

      • Dalvo

        “aba’y sobrang halik sa pwet na yan sa imperyalistang u.s.”-Walang kinalaman ‘to sa imperyalismo – ito’y isang military at international na isyu na ginagawang palusot ng mga huwad na aktibista para itulak ang mga “ipinaglalaban” nila.

        “ano naman pakialam natin dyan?”
        -Ang Pilipinas ay sobrang lapit lamang sa NoKor at di na nila kailangan ng ICBM para maabot tayo. and aggression ng isang bansa na may ganitong klaseng proximity sa atin ay may kinalaman sa’tin, kahit pa wala tayong conflict sa kanila – at meron dahilan para magkaroon ng friction sa Pilipinas at NoKor. Basahin mo muli ng mabuti ang balita at maiintindihan mo.

        “independent astig country yan”
        -isang mabilis na paghahanap at pag-reresearch sa Google lamang ay mababasa mo na ang lahat ng mga “astig” na ginagawa ng bansang iyan at ng liderato nito. and NoKor ay sumusunod sa yapak ng dating USSR na lalo lang nayuyukrakan ang totoong halaga at katuturan ng comunismo at socialismo. “astig” ba?

        “pag inalis ng u.s. mga tropa nila sa korean peninsula siguradong tigil nuclear weapons at rockets ng nokor”
        -kung ang lahat ng bagay lamang ay kasing simple ng iyong pagiisip, sana nga, sana nga. malamang ay madaling masasakop ng NoKor ang SoKor, at magiging communist threat sa gitna ng Asya. kapag na-consolidate ang ganitong klaseng kapangyarihan, malamang ay ituloy pa nila and nuclear weapons development platform nila, dahil mukhang wala silang balak tumigil kahit na nagugutom ang marami sa mamamayan nila at bibibigyan pa sila ng Food aid kapalit ng pagtigil o pagsamantala ng nuclear development.

        Madami nang nawawalan ng respeto sa mga aktibista dahil sa mga sentimyentong tulad ng siambit mo – walang basehan at pinipilit lamang ang isyu. Kapag may sumita ay sasabihan mo pang “US collaborator” o kung anuman, imbes na alamin kung bakit.

        Ang buong isyung ito ay malayo sa isyu ng problema sa capitalismo at imperyalismo. Hindi din ito tulad ng isyu sa militray bases sa Subic at Clark. Sumangayon ang liderato ng NoKor sa mga kundisyon ng international community, at balak nila itong talikuran at sawayin. yun ang pinaka-isyu, ang iba pang usapin ay pumapangalawa lamang.

        Ubusin mo na ang lait at walang basehang sumbat na itatapon mo sa’kin para matumbok mo na ang punto mo (kung meron man), para may matinong diskurso tayong mapala. kung wala ay sana’y mas alamin mo ang lagay ng balita at lahat ng bumubuo nito bago mo mabahiran ang pangalan ng tunay at marangal na aktibista na alam ang pinaglalaban at may wastong paninindigan.

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        ang habang eksplinasyon
        ng u.s. collaborator

        wala namang maitutulong
        sa pilipinas

        magbasa ka na lang ng pilipino history
        written by nationalist pilipinos
        mas maintindihan mo

        then compare to iraq

  • Fz20

    a preview of things/threats to come. We must prepare to have a ready defense, even if these threats are made to appear like accidents(w/c seems to be their style),consequences would be devastating…imagine a missile “accidentally” landing and wiping out metro manila! and they score! …must be good to have those aegis ships in our vicinity.

  • sh1seadad

    Get the rocks to stop the missile. quickly

  • sh1seadad

    Get the rocks to stop the missile. quickly

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