PH condemns NoKor missile launch

The Philippines on Wednesday condemned North Korea's latest missile launch, decrying it as a move which undermines peace and stability in the region.

"We reiterate our call on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to comply with its international obligations under relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and to the process of constructive dialogue," the Foreign Affairs department said in a statement.

The UNSC, which had condemned earlier weapons tests by the communist state, prohibited North Korea from using and researching ballistic missile technology, and imposed trade sanctions on Pyongyang due to its violation of resolutions on nuclear weapons.

North Korea test-fired ballistic missiles on August 3. One reportedly exploded immediately after launch, and one landed near waters controlled by Japan, prompting the Japanese government to put its defenses on alert.

The launch was one of North Korea's longest to date, with the missile traveling about 1,000 kilometers from North Korea's east coast to within Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The UN has yet to issue a statement regarding the launch, after China sought to include language opposing a planned US missile defense system in South Korea.

Source: ABS-CBN News