US, PH conclude strategic talks, strongly condemn N. Korea’s rocket launch


In this monitor screen image taken by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, the Unha-3 rocket lifts off from a launch site on the west coast, in the village of Tongchang-ri, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Officials from the Philippines and the US on Wednesday strongly condemned North Korea’s decision to pursue its rocket launch. AP PHOTO/KOREA CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY VIA KOREA NEWS SERVICE

MANILA, Philippines—Officials from the Philippines and the United States on Wednesday strongly condemned North Korea’s decision to pursue its rocket launch, saying that the two countries would strengthen and increase their alliances with the “current threat to regional security.”

The joint statement issued by both sides at the conclusion of their third Bilateral Strategic Dialogue emphasized that both countries viewed the act as “highly provocative” and in direct violation of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Philippine diplomats, defense officials, and their US counterparts convened for the two-day dialogue, which tackled issues on the economy, rule of law, diplomatic engagement and defense.

The talks, held in Manila from December 11 to 12, were co-chaired by Foreign Undersecretary and now new Philippine Ambassador to China Erlinda Basilio and Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino for the Philippine side and for the American side by US State Department Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell and Defense Assistant Secretary Mark Lippert.

Campbell, for his part, thanked the Philippines for standing with the international community in condemning the act, saying that the US would work very closely with its allies to do an assessment of the issue.

“We would be taking steps tomorrow at the UN…..working closely with our partners in the security council,” Campbell told reporters on Wednesday.
Increased cooperation

Batino, for his part, noted that there were substantial discussions on the increased rotational presence of American troops in the country, and noted that it would “primarily be an increase of the defense cooperation activities such as trainings and exercises all geared for maritime security and disaster relief.”

When pressed by reporters about details, Batino repeatedly said that there were discussions on a possible framework but that the specifics would be determined by technical working groups.

“It’s going to be a very significant development in our relations so there is a need to discuss this further,” Batino said. He added that both parties agreed that everything that would be implemented “should be in accordance with Philippine and US laws.”

He said that the increased defense cooperation between the two countries would surely benefit the Philippines especially in disaster relief, citing the recent move by the US to deploy C 130 planes to aid in the distribution of relief goods for the victims of typhoon Pablo, the worst storm to hit the country this year.

The officials noted that discussions on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute were “extensive” but did not elaborate.

Basilio noted that that the discussions on the rule of law highlighted the Philippines’ advocacy for a peaceful settlement of conflicting territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea

“We just want peace and stability there and it is my task also that we ensure excellent relations with them,” Basilio said.

Campbell also noted that relations between the countries are on a substantial upswing, saying that both sides were active and deepening and strengthening the ties on every level—strategically, politically, economically and militarily.

“We believe that we are at a renaissance and building a strong relationship for the future….We want a different kind of relationship based on mutual respect and equality,” he said.

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  • felipe

    resurrect US military bases or china will feast on the ph & neighbors….

    • kanoy

       The US will never invest in bases here again…only to lose them…Guam has plenty of capabilities and its US property no RP taxes fees permits the RP loss is the US taxpayer gain….Aquino whines at NK alone……
      Raising the rhetoric can even
      serve as a reward for seeking attention to a government that starves its
      own citizens while seeking to leverage any military advance it makes
      into much-needed aid.

      “No doubt Pyongyang is pleased.
      It again has unsettled its leading adversaries. And it is in the news
      around the world,” said Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato
      Institute. “The allies should have responded with a collective yawn.
      After all, the plan is nothing new. The DPRK has been testing rockets
      and missiles for years.”

  • superpilipinas

    He-he-he. How very predictable….

    The strategic talks led to nothing. Nothing about building PH defense or securing its territory or economic progress.

    No one believes PH can gain anything significant from them.

    On the other hand, I believe we can gain tremendously in a strategic partnerships with India, Vietnam, and Japan, all of which also faces China as an aggressor. We can also benefit more from doing business with new friends France and Canada.

  • billy gunner

    nakisawsaw na naman…

  • joboni96

    ‘increase their alliances with the “current threat to regional security.”

    nakahanap na naman ng dahilan ang imperyalistang u.s.
    para sa pag aasam ng u.s. bases sa bayan natin

    ang u.s. ang target ng rocket na iyan
    huwag nyo kaming idamay dyan

    ito ang mga hanapin na mga collaborators
    pag napahamak na naman tayo
    sa mga gerra ng imperyalista

    1. Ambassador to China Erlinda Basilio (getting instructions from her masters)
    2. Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino (bago ata ito, ayaw sigurong mag collaborate yung dati)

    ‘ increased rotational presence of American troops in the country’
    ito ang bagong euphemism sa mga itatayong u.s. bases
    pambola ba sa atin para bulag tayo
    sa presensya ng mga unconstitutional u.s. bases

    ‘determined by technical working groups’
    ito ang mga collaborators na dapat nating bantayan

    ‘citing the recent move by the US to deploy C 130 planes to aid in the distribution of relief goods’
    naging propagandista pa ng imperyalista
    ang isang undersecretary ng dept of defense
    sibakin na ito

    ‘“We just want peace and stability there and it is my task also that we ensure excellent relations with them,” Basilio said’
    lumabas na ang totoong kulay
    ng collaborator na ito
    kaya pag ambassador na sa tsina
    dala dala niya interes din ng imperyalistang u.s.

    just moronic reaction from the senators?
    not with sen. miriam

    magalit kayo
    sa libo libong nuclear weapons ng imperyalistang u.s.
    with thousands of missiles

    hindi sa
    iisang rocket ng north korea
    facing the military might of the imperialist on its borders

    free yourselves from the mythology of the imperialist

    • chingnarciso

      US ang hindi nag suggest nito kundi ang Pilipinas. You have to free your mind from being so naive and being so idiocy.

      • joboni96

        naive itong kolonisadong utak na ito

        have you heard of barack’s pivot

        or are you aware of the jsotf-ph stealth u.s. base in mindanao
        10 + years already with steady 600 u.s. troops
        under the cover war on terror

        they need it for their war on the intsik switik
        at ipapahamak na naman kaming mga pilipino
        tulad noong ww2

      • chingnarciso

        you idiot,wala ka pa sa mundo noong ww2,those years are past. think today and tomorrow,don’t dwell the past. kaya wala kang asenso dahil palagi mong sinisisi ang nakaraan.wake up you lazy moroon,..palagi kang dak dak na hindi mo ini isip ang lumalabas sa bunga nga mo..thats what I call saw sawero, palaging nakiki alam na wala sa topic..merry christmas to you my friend…

      • joboni96

        wala ka ng alam
        kolonisadong utak na
        collaborator pa

        kung gusto mo
        umuwi ka dito sa pilipinas
        if you can excel here and
        provide solutions

        friends na tayo kung pro pilipino ka na

  • DakuAkongUtin

    America is in dodo shztdoom bec of the fiscal cliff. NO more money and honey at the same time. 

    If you can ‘t promise if  you dont have the money. Are you nuts ?

  • delpillar

    The Philippines can also make this kind of rocket if She want to. From OFW remittances alone we could build 10 pieces per year, at least.

    According to South Korean officials in the Ministry of Unification, the launch and a failed attempt in April 2012 directly cost $600M USD (mostly for the rocket and engineering expertise), the launch site costs $400M USD, and additional $300M USD was spent on related facilities.  That adds up to a total of a cool $1.3B USD — a massive sum for the poverty stricken nation.To put this in context, South Korea says that would have bought 4.6 million tons of (USA-priced) corn for the nation, where a third of citizens are estimated to be malnourished. Kunf yung 1.3 Billion USD ay ibibili ng pagakain na made in China, aba mas marming pagkain. Natapos na sana ang FAMINE SA NK ngayon.

    One third ng kabataan sa NK ay malnourished. Mas mataba at mas malusog pang tingnan yung mga nakatira sa squatter sa Manila kaysa sa mga taga NK.

  • delpillar

    Washington is leading the global response, threatening to impose sanctions on Pyongyang like those that have helped devastate Iran’s economy.

    Those efforts were under way Wednesday (Dec 12)  in Security Council meetings at U.N. headquarters in New York.

    The USA has no second thoughts on punishing violators of the UN resolution and future embargo.

    Soon, the USA will be giving final warning to India and China for continue buying Iranian oil.

    Just a few hours ago, a friendly nation was fined and punished by the USA.
    Japan’s Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFJ) has been fined $8.6 million by the U.S. Department of the Treasury over a violation of U.S. rules forbidding the transfer of money to nations such as Cuba and Iran. Bank spokesman Shinya Matsumoto said Thursday that most of the money went from Japan to Sudan and Myanmar in 2006 and 2007 via a third nation.

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