PH denounces North Korea’s missile launch to Japan; ASEAN calls for a peaceful dialogue

Photo by DFA Official

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano released a statement denouncing the recent missile launch of North Korea to Japan. The ASEAN community calls for a peaceful dialogue to a resolution.

As chairman of the ASEAN 2017, Secretary Cayetano has reiterated the earlier statement released by the Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) dated August 5. The ASEAN expressed “grave concern” over North Korea’s missile and nuclear test and launches. He called the act as a move that, “threaten peace, security and stability in the region.” They continue to ask for a denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula.

Sec Cayetano firmly stated, “ASEAN and the Philippines, as this year’s Chair, remain committed to peaceful resolutions of conflict.” He added in connection to the recent missile launch, “While we are ready to do our part, provocations such as this latest missile launch should stop to help us put in place an environment that would be conducive for dialogue.”

Sec Cayetano also assured the Filipino community in Japan that the Philippine posts in Tokyo and Osaka are ready and prepared to assist them if the need arises.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella also assured the Filipinos and asked them to remain calm. In his regular press briefing he spoke about the missile launch. “The direction really is towards Japan and it’s not necessarily targeted towards us… At this stage, there is no need for undue alarm.”

On Tuesday morning, North Korea test-fired its missile and the launched passed Japan for 14 minutes before breaking apart and falling into the Pacific Ocean.