N. Korea rocket ‘provocative’ – US, Philippines


This Monday Dec. 10, 2012 satellite image provided by GeoEye and annotated by 38 North, shows recent activity at the Sohae rocket launching facility in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, North Korea. AP FILE PHOTO/GeoEye, 38 North, North Korea Tech

MANILA, Philippines – Long-time allies the United States and the Philippines on Thursday blasted North Korea’s “provocative” rocket launch as a threat to regional security and pledged to strengthen their military ties.

In a statement following bilateral talks attended by top diplomats and security officials, the two countries vowed to boost cooperation in the wake of Pyongyang’s move.

They agreed to bolster joint efforts relating to maritime security, disaster response, law enforcement and cyber-security, and non-proliferation (of nuclear weapons), the statement said.

“The two sides also strongly condemned… (the launch) utilising ballistic missile technology and emphasised that this highly provocative act is in direct violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” the statement said.

“Given this current threat to regional security, both sides will strengthen and increase their close alliance coordination,” it said.

The meeting was attended by US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of Defense Mark Lippert and their Filipino counterparts Erlinda Basilio and Pio Batino.

The US considers the Philippines a major non-NATO ally in the Asia Pacific region, where Washington had earlier announced a strategic shift of its forces.

Filipino officials have previously said they hoped the Philippines could play a key role in that pivot, with a former US naval base north of Manila already increasingly accommodating American carriers and submarines.

The meeting also came at a time when the Philippines, along with other Southeast Asian countries, was embroiled in an increasingly tense territorial dispute with China involving territories in the South China Sea.

Washington had earlier warned China against its perceived aggressiveness in staking out its claims.

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  • Albin

    nuke nk while there is still time.

  • joboni96

    ‘Filipino officials have previously said they hoped the Philippines could play a key role in that pivot’

    sino ang mga collaborators na mga ito
    na magpapahamak na naman sa bayan natin
    for 30 pieces of silver

    nakikisawsaw pa
    sa gerrang u.s. at nokor

    hindi natin laban yan
    concentrate sa sea/islands grabbing intsik switik

    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

    • Hannah Blake

      “nakikisawsaw pa sa gerrang u.s. at nokor”. Dapat lang because the Philipines is one of those affected.

      “magalit kayo sa libo libong nuclear weapons ng imperyalistang u.s. with thousands of missiles” eh ano kung may thousands of missiles ang US? It’s matter on who is holding those missiles. Only one missile in the wrong hands, will create havoc and destruction to humanity. at yan ang kinatatakotan natin sa N Korea. Their actions speak louder than words.

      • joboni96

        ang u.s. pa lang ang gagong gumamit ng nuclear
        the first and the second time

        paano naman affected ang pinas dyan
        dahil sinabi ng amo mong imperyalista

  • Edgardo Mendoza


    • kanoy

       HUH? >MAYBE?< there are no ''maybe'' about it, they have had nuclear capabilities for years….but this RP is US ally is bunk,,,allies don't back their allies enemies,,the RP made a deal with al queda and vacated Iraq backed hamas against the US #1 ally Israel and now wants the world to think they are all the sudden great allies,,,huh? The threat of more sanctions is unclear; China, North Korea’s benefactor, holds veto power. “There has been an unspoken tendency in the United States to discount
      these tests as yet another foolish attempt by the technologically
      backward and bizarre country,”

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Philippines is all talk but cannot walk the talk.
    Set aside 10% to 15% of our GDP to modernize our armed forces.
    Let’s build our own shipyard to build warships and hangars to build war planes.
    No amount is too expensive if the Filipino race is at stake.
    Now that we have money,  buy stealth weapons from America.
    If America doesn’t to sell, buy from Japan, Canada, UK, Australia,
    South Korea, India or Russia. 

    • Hannah Blake

      With $83 billion in dollar reserves coming from OFW remittances, the Philippines can well afford to buy more than 100 F-16 fighter jets, 1-2 aircraft carriers and several batteships. We can even buy many interballistic missiles. But the question is, will the U.S allow us to buy those things or would they rather have us allow them to put up a new military base here in the philippines?

  • 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 yesterday,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.

    Yesterday, 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.

  • delpillar

    The USA removed its imposed limitation to South Korea of missile range.

    Since 1955, the USA restrict South Korea not to build missile and rocket of more than 300-km range.

    Now, the USA gave the green light for the South Korea to produce their own hi-tech missile and cruise missile with a range of 800-km radius.

    A few years from now, Japan may ask the USA for them to increase their missile limit too.
    Japan missile-range was limited by USA to just 200-km radius.

  • delpillar

    North Korea cannot fool the world that it is only developing for peaceful use of missile to put civilian satellite in the space. They can only fool the foolish people.

    NK Rocket/missile/payload-satellite is 30-meter tall. All satellite from China, Ariane-5 (France), Atlas (USA) and H2 (Japan) are measuring 55-meters to 65 meters tall to put satellite into orbit.
    The type of missile/rocket that is 20 meterst to 30 meters tall are the ICBM used by Russia, China, USA, India, Pakistan and France/GB (Europe). The Minuteman-III of the USA which has a range of 13,000-km is just 22 meters tall.

    The burining of the engine, as everyone can see in the television, is color Orange and Yellow-Orange. This is the solid propellant fuel used in ICBM of many countries. The fuel used by Satellite carrier like Ariane-5, Space-Shuttle, H2 etc is almost color white. This color white fuel is the one used for rocket to carry or put satellite into orbit.

    Because of this NK provocative act, Soth Korea, Japan, Taiwan and even Vietnam will make their missile longer and longer range-capable.

  • topolcats

    Of course Manila the dumb servant girl would support the USA in anything America says as the official wiper of Washington’s posterior worldwide! 

    But lets look at facts shall we?

    According to the independent newspapers: Speaking to NBC news a US official said that the device, had an unstable trajectory and could crash land back to earth, which was contradicted by
    South Korea’s defence ministry contradicting the US reports to say that the satellite was orbiting normally at a speed of 4.7 miles (7.6km) per second.

    The Pentagon official also confirmed the object is some kind of space vehicle, but that they haven’t established what it is supposed to do.

    So we now have an admission from the US that indeed it is a space vehicle.

    There are two sides to every coin and if one cares to remember the Legendary Fascist Douglas MacArthur, who wanted to nuke not only North Korea but China as well when both did not have Nuclear weapons and the factual placement of tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea. 
    Of course we know MacArthur was FIRED  from his job because of it,but one can never be sure if you are Chinese or Korean that another MacArthur may not appear in the near future willing to Nuke North Korea at the expense of South Korea, which would be destroyed as well.

    Can you now really blame North Korea, (whose new found mineral wealth is funding the growth of the Country) from developing an ICBM that is capable of hitting the USA? 
    Assuming they are indeed testing dual use technology?
    America might have attacked and invaded North Korea by now if the North Koreans did not have a small nuclear capability. 
    Moreover the “Hypocrisy” is stunning!! 
    America has thousands of nuclear weapons and yet condemn others for wanting some kind of nuclear capability to defend against,… obviously against the USA!

    Under international law if you attack someone using a big gun, the person attacked has the same right to defend and retaliate with a big gun as well. Not only logical but legal as well!

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