MANILA, Philippines (April 5 2012) - The Philippines yesterday called for concerted international action to persuade Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to abandon its plan to launch a long-range ballistic missile between April 12 and 16, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
President Aquino told the Retreat Session of the 20th ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that North Korea’s planned missile launch violates the UN Security Council resolutions and presents risks to all concerned.
“It (rocket launch) increases tensions, particularly in the period of uncertainty leading up to the launch – where no one is sure of the trajectory of the missile. In particular, debris from the launch may potentially land in our territory. This is a needless provocation not only in the Korean Peninsula, but in our entire region,” Aquino told the ASEAN leaders during the summit.