PHL backs 'denuclearization' of Korean Peninsula –Del Rosario

April 2, 2012 11:00 pm 

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, April 2 — Concerned over the rocket launch planned by North Korea later this month, the Philippines has “strongly suggested” to Southeast Asian nations to urge Pyongyang not to pursue with its plan.

During the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Monday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert 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. Del Rosario earlier said that the Philippines had lodged a diplomatic protest over Pyongyang’s planned rocket launch with UN, China and Southeast Asian nations.

“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 (DPRK) to launch a satellite between 12 and 16 April,” he added.

Del Rosario said that the Philippines has asked ASEAN state members to urge North Korea not to proceed with the planned rocket launch 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,” he said.

“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,” the Foreign Affairs secretary said. (PNA)

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