President Aquino calls on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to halt planned missile launch

March 29, 2012 10:24 pm 

MANILA, March 29 — President Benigno S. Aquino III appealed to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to call off its planned missile launch, saying it posed serious risks to the lives of the people as well as the stability, peace and prosperity in the region.

In his speech at the inauguration of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) Korean War Memorial Hall in Taguig City on Thursday, the President said the planned launch of a so-called earth observation satellite from April 12 to 16, was a needless provocation.

“The use of ballistic missile technology in any launch violates UN Security Council Resolutions, and it presents risks to all concerned. It increases tensions, particularly in the period of uncertainty leading up to the launch—where no one is sure of the trajectory of the missile,” he said.

“Similarly, 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. It is with our respective peoples in mind that we urge the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea not to proceed with its planned launch,” he added.

The President urged the DPRK to engage the international community “in ways that build confidence.”

“We must work with each other in the spirit of cooperation and with the goal of mutual success. Stability, peace and prosperity in our region requires all of us to continue to engage with each other, and the larger international community in ways that build confidence,” he said.

“The way forward is for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to engage the international community and return to actions that promote confidence-building among its neighbors,” he added. (PNA)

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