DFA asks NoKor: Reconsider missile gamble

Posted at 12/06/12 1:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has called on North Korea anew to reconsider its satellite launch, which is scheduled between December 10 and 22.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “We join other governments in urging the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] to undertake steps towards 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.”

It said the United Nations Security Council has long been demanding that North Korea drop plans of a launch using ballistic missile technology. It added the resolutions also called on North Korea to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme.

“We reiterate our call to the DPRK to reconsider its planned launch and abide by these resolutions, which call for the abandonment of its ballistic missile programme in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner,” it said.

Philippine waters is in the path of the satellite launch, North Korea earlier said.

This is not the first time that North Korea has attempted the launch. The first attempt failed because of various external reasons.