Philippines to press North Korea to stop missile test

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

The Philippines would continue to press North Korea to abandon its plan to launch a long-range rocket next month, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Sunday.

Del Rosario told the Inquirer that the Philippines would convey its concern to the North Korean Embassy in Beijing, China, and to Pyongyang’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York.

Pyongyang has said the first stage of the rocket is expected to fall in international waters about 140 kilometers off the South Korean west coast, while the second stage is projected to splash down some 190 km off the northeast coast of the Philippines.

The rocket launch is planned for between April 12 and 16.

Del Rosario urged Pyongyang to adhere to its pledge to observe a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear testing and uranium enrichment activity.

On Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) called on North Korea not to proceed with the rocket launch, calling it “unacceptable.” The launch is timed to coincide with mass celebrations marking the 100th birth anniversary of North Korea’s late founding president, Kim Il-sung.

The United States and its allies say it is a pretext for a missile test that will violate UN Security Council resolutions.

One such resolution, which was passed after North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests in 2009, bans ballistic missile launches for any purpose.

Seoul summit

The Philippines joins “other governments in urging North Korea to adhere to its recent pledge for a moratorium on long-range missile launches and nuclear tests,” the DFA said.

The Philippines is a longtime ally of the United States and South Korea, having sent troops to fight under the UN flag to defend the South from a North Korean invasion during the

1950-1953 Korean War.

Manila established diplomatic relations with Pyongyang in 2000, one of the last Asian governments to do so. The Philippines does not have an embassy or a consulate in North Korea.

Japan has threatened to shoot down the North Korean rocket if it threatens Japanese territory.

The Philippines has called for US help in monitoring the rocket launch.

The planned rocket launch is expected to be the subject of discussions at the nuclear security summit in Seoul, which starts today.

The summit is to be attended by the presidents of the United States, China and Russia, among other world leaders. The meeting will focus on nuclear terrorism.

Vice President Jejomar Binay is representing President Aquino at the conference.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3E4NC5GQOEDDWWH2AIRQGDQOA Bom

    “Japan has threatened to shoot down the North Korean rocket if it threatens Japanese territory.

    The Philippines has called for US help in monitoring the rocket launch.”.LOL..patawa ang philippines…walang kayang gawin kundi humingi ng tulong..WEAK..
     

    • pongscript

      Di ko alam kung saan kayo nakatira… pero you know naman na walang capability si pinas na mag counter attack, wala tayong mahihingan ng tulong kundi si US. di  rin naman natin sigurado kung tutulungan tayo ng US. malay nyo pag nasa area of responsibility yung missile biglang is disrupt ng US para bumagsak sa pinas… then as a result.. pwede nila gyerahin ang North Korea with help of UN, and philippines as the sacrifice. Makakapagreklamo ka ba pag wala na sa mapa ang pinas. There are such time na instead insultuhin ang pinas ay dapat isipin nyo din yung mga possibility… stand as one country.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3E4NC5GQOEDDWWH2AIRQGDQOA Bom

        “di  rin naman natin sigurado kung tutulungan tayo ng US” yun na nga wag dapat umasa sa US..dapat nag protesta nalang sila sa rocket launch ng north korea..e humingi cla ng tulong para ma monitor ang rocket e..sino sisihin mo ngayon na wala tayong capabilty na ma monitor ang rocket?..di ba gobyerno ng pilipinas din..bat walang capability mag counter attack?..ngayon sino sisisihin mo na walang capability?..dba gobyerno din..obvious naman ang dahilan..CORRUPTION..i dont hate the Philippines I hate the system..they couldve done more to protect us…but they have taken for granted our Freedom..they have this mentality “andyan naman ang US e”..”cgurado tutulungan tayo dahil sa Mutual defense treaty”..ASA lang sa iba..PUTRAG1S..!!..kung gusto nila maging self reliant tayo ginawa na ng gobyerno..noon pa..kung gumagawa sila ng hakbang para magkaroon ng cridible defense ang pilipinas hindi dapat sila babagal-bagal..sabi mo nga..”Makakapagreklamo ka ba pag wala na sa mapa ang pinas.”.

      • pongscript

        anyway, kung babagsak man yung missile sa pinas, wala na rin pupuntahan yung reklamo natin.. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Penoy is willing to go to war against NoKor….para magpa-cute sa isang South Korean.

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

    ang laking problema na
    sa kalayaan at eez natin with
    tsina seagrab

    makikisawsaw pa

    wala naman tayong
    national interest dyan

    kundi halik sa pwet
    sa imperyalistang u.s.
    daming u.s. collaborators

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Ferrer-Cabarrus/1357446854 Jonathan Ferrer Cabarrus

    kaysa mag dal dal kayo jan at mag comment ng walang kwenta, mag training nalang kayo ng survival or military training, masasave nyo pa sarili nyo. alam nyo pala weak ang pilipinas dagdag pakayo sa pag baba ng morale ng pilipino. palakasin nyo pag uugali nyo hindi puro negatibo. pag binaksakan tayo ng bomba at sinubukan tayo pasukin ng dayuhan, ano kaya mong gawin? sa tingin mo makakapost pakayo ng walang kwentang post dito? sa tingin nyo makakapag internet pakayo? mag pa enlist kayo as a reservist sa military natin para matuto kayo lumaban at mabuhay at masabing may silbi kayo dito di puro daldal.

  • theonetwothree

    Yun missile pupunta sa Senate House para mahinto n daw ang trial ni Corona.. at matapos na..

  • SalahuddinFarishta

    Two great articles at theruggedgent(dot)com about Korea. The Ryugyong Hotel: North Korea’s Deathstar and The Last Bastion of the Cold War: Understanding a Divided Korea

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EDVQZX3FAWWFTQH7KEKXVKVDJI Golem Golis

    we better prepare our self kasi wala magagawa gobyerno natin. news block out yan sa tv. kunti ng nakakaalam.. wala na nga magawa gobyerno natin. di pa sabhin sa mga tao para makapag handa sa mga pwedeng mangyari SI GOD lang makakapag save sa atin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDOKZQGFFJJEN55IS5EJSN4L2M khay

    According to Japan news NHK, North Korea has already plan their Nuclear rocket between April 12 – 16, na papaliparin at maaring dadapo sa bansa natin dito sa Pilipinas. because Kim Jong Un granfather 100 years na sa April 16. New President kim Jong Ul wants to show the world that their country is so strong. Kaya pinagmamalaki nila ang kanilang mga missiles & other nuclear.
    Kawawa naman ang ating bansa kund di tayo patutulong sa mga ibang bansa para kontoling ang North Korean Leader, ayaw nilang paawat. Ano kaya sa palagay ninyo ang mangyayari sa pinas na tragedy kung satin dadapo ang kanilang nuclear? Dadaan sa Japan ang rocket at babaksak sa bansa natin. Please be aware of it. Walang pakialam si Kim Jong kung marami nag mamatay sa dadapuan ng nuclear nila.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDOKZQGFFJJEN55IS5EJSN4L2M khay

    ang asawa ko ay isang Japanese national, sabi nya ay hindi tayo updated sa world news na nangyayari sa ibang bansa, puro daw artista lang daw ang aware ng mga pinoy, at holly week na may nagpapapako pa sa Krus. di natin alam kung na ang North Korea ay magpapalipad na ng Nuclear rocket ay dadan sa bansang Japan in just 7 minutes at dadapo naman sa Pilipinas between April 12 to April 16, pag lumipad yon, 15 minutes lang ay nasa Pinas na yong rocket na yon. Ayaw magpapigil ang Presidente ng North Korea kaya dapat tulungan tayo ng USA or other country para pigilin ang North Korea. Nagpapasikat ang North Korean leader na si Kim Jong,.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDOKZQGFFJJEN55IS5EJSN4L2M khay

    Ang US military ay nasa Japan ngayon at binabantayan ang North Korea na papaliparin niya next week at dadapo sa ating bansa. Sila ang may gamit na salubungin ang rocket na paliliparin ng North Korea. Sana ay ma attack ng US ang rocket ng North Korea para dina dadapo sa ating bansa. Pero, pag di nila masalubong yon, tayo ang kawawa kase, wala tayong gamit na pangsalubong ng rocket nila. Kawawa naman tayo. Ito ay hindi nakakatawa. This is a serious matter . Kaya, dapat pag usapan nating lahat at mag handa tayong lahat at magdasal.

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