PH hits latest North Korea ballistic missile test

Paterno Esmaquel II
PH hits latest North Korea ballistic missile test
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano calls on North Korea to stop 'such provocative and highly dangerous actions'

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Wednesday, November 29, denounced North Korea’s test of a new missile which North Korean state media said is “capable of striking the whole mainland” of the United States.

“We call on Pyongyang to commit to making meaningful progress towards the peaceful resolution of the issues facing the Korean Peninsula,” Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement.

Cayetano then called on North Korea, also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), “to cease its nuclear weapons development program.”

“Meaningful dialogue can only happen when the DPRK ceases such provocative and highly dangerous actions,” the Philippines’ top diplomat added.

Cayetano also noted the “readiness” of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help build peace in the Korean Peninsula.

“We also reiterate ASEAN’s readiness to play a constructive role to help reduce tensions and promote peace in the Peninsula,” Cayetano said. 

Cayetano’s statement came after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Wednesday said his country successfully tested a new missile capable of hitting anywhere in the US.

With this new missile test, Kim said, his country had achieved full nuclear statehood. 

The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snapped a two-month pause in testing by the North and poses a new challenge to US President Donald Trump who has vowed such a capability “won’t happen.”

Reacting to North Korea’s new missile test, Trump said at the White House, “It is a situation that we will handle.” The US leader did not elaborate. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.