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PH condemns North Korea's latest missile tests

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 06/10/2022 Javier Joe Ismael
This handout photo taken on October 5, 2022 and released by South Korea's Defence Ministry in Seoul shows the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) firing a missile from an undisclosed location on South Korea's east coast during a South Korea-US joint live-fire exercise aimed to counter North Korea’s missile test. - The South Korean and US militaries fired a volley of missiles into the sea in response to North Korea firing a ballistic missile over Japan, Seoul said. (Photo by Handout / South Korean Defence Ministry / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS © Provided by The Manila Times This handout photo taken on October 5, 2022 and released by South Korea's Defence Ministry in Seoul shows the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) firing a missile from an undisclosed location on South Korea's east coast during a South Korea-US joint live-fire exercise aimed to counter North Korea’s missile test. - The South Korean and US militaries fired a volley of missiles into the sea in response to North Korea firing a ballistic missile over Japan, Seoul said. (Photo by Handout / South Korean Defence Ministry / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

THE Philippines has condemned the latest missile tests by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) North Korea, saying these actions posed a grave challenge to the aspirations of peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, in the region, and the world.

"The Philippines calls on the DPRK to comply with its obligations under the UN Security Council Resolutions and to commit to the process of constructive and peaceful dialogue," the DFA said in a statement posted on Wednesday.

Nuclear-armed North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile farther than ever before on Tuesday, sending it soaring over Japan for the first time in five years and prompting a warning for residents there to take cover.

North Korea launched three missile tests on Wednesday morning, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The missile tests happened after US President Joe Biden capped his Asia trip.

In April this year, the Philippines also condemned North Korea's "reckless and provocative" intercontinental ballistic missile test that took place in June 2022.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US is taking "appropriate defensive deterrence steps" with allies and partners in response to North Korea's "dangerous and reckless" launch of a long-range missile.

Blinken added the UN Security Council meeting will discuss "next steps," but did not elaborate on what measures are under consideration.

"If they (North Korea) continue down this road, it will only increase the condemnation, increase the isolation, increase the steps that are taken in response to their actions," said Blinken during a press conference in Santiago, Chile.

The top US diplomat said Washington remains open to a dialogue with Pyongyang.

"We call on the DPRK to refrain from further provocations and engage in a sustained and substantive dialogue."

Japan has requested a trilateral meeting with the US and South Korea in Tokyo this month after the DPRK's ballistic missile launches.

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