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PH slams Nokor test

THE PHILIPPINES has joined the United States, Japan, South Korea and other countries in condemning North Korea’s recent nuclear test, carried out in disregard of repeated warning by the international community, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.

 In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine government is gravely concerned over North Korea’s latest nuclear test, carried out in flagrant violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“It is a troubling and unsettling act. We strongly reiterate our call on DPRK (North Korea) to comply with its international obligations under relevant UN Security Council resolutions and also call on DPRK to exercise restraint for the sake of peace and stability in the region,” the DFA said in a statement.

 The international community led by the United States, Japan and South Korea condemned North Korea’s recent nuclear test and called for tough new measures to further isolate the communist state. 

The US, Japan and South Korea said the North Korean test earlier this month would not go unanswered. The test was North Korea’s fifth and, along with recent ballistic missile launches, has been widely criticized as destabilizing to regional and international security.

A wire agency reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US remained deeply committed to its mutual defense obligations with Japan and South Korea and would not shirk in “rolling back the provocative, reckless behavior of” North Korea.

It said the US, Japan, South Korea and others would “make it clear to a reckless dictator that all he is doing through his actions is isolating his country, isolating his people and depriving his people of genuine economic opportunity.”

“The global community will not be intimidated and will not pull back from our obligations,” Kerry said. 

He called for North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un to freeze Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs immediately and return to denuclearization talks.

Topics: Philippines , United States , Japan , South Korea , North Korea's nuclear test , DFA , UN Security Council
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