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Philippines condemns North Korea for missile launch

North Korea rocket launch. AFP FILE PHOTO
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MANILA - The Philippines issued a strongly worded statement against North Korea for today's launching of its missile, debris of which fell in the sea 300 kilometers east of the country.

"The Philippines strongly condemns the launch undertaken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 12 December 2012," read the statement issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. 

"The DPRK is in clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1695 (2006), 1874 (2009) and 1718 (2006), which explicitly demanded DPRK not to use or conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology and the suspension of its ballistic missile program," it added.

The Philippines thus firmly urged North Korea to desist from acts of provocation and to end its use or testing of ballistic missile technology.

The Philippines's statement is similar to those of other governments that urge North Korea to instead undertake steps toward confidence-building and engagement with the international community in order to ensure peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the entire Asia Pacific region.