Palace appreciates common position of ASEAN community on the country's stand on North Korea rocket launch

April 2, 2012 11:00 pm 

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, April 2 — The Philippines is glad that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) supports President Benigno S. Aquino III's call to North Korea to stop its planned rocket launch later this month.

"We appreciate the common position shared by the ASEAN community on the Philippine stance on North Korea," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a text message to reporters here.

The Philippines has suggested to Southeast Asian nations to urge North Korea not to pursue with its planned rocket launch later this month and suspend its ballistic missile program and activities.

“The Philippines has strongly suggested that other ASEAN member states urge the DPRK not to proceed with its planned launch and abide by UN Security Council Resolutions 1874 and 1718 and suspend its ballistic missile program and activities,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting here.

“To this end, Cambodia, the ASEAN Chair, gave assurance that the ASEAN position of dissuading the launch will be included in the ASEAN Chairman’s Statement,” del Rosario said.

Del Rosario said that the Philippines supports the efforts to secure the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“The Philippines has been consistently supportive of efforts to secure the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and likewise encouraged the resumption of the Six Party Talks as key to achieving this goal,” Del Rosario said.

North Korea plans to fire a rocket between April 12 and 16, which has drawn international opposition.

“On the latest developments in the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines expresses grave concern over the announced plan of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to launch a satellite between 12 and 16 April,” he said.

Del Rosario earlier said that the Philippines had filed a diplomatic protest over North Korea’s planned rocket launch with United Nations, China and Southeast Asian nations. (PNA) RMA/PCOO/ssc

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