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Seoul: PH, the international community must “act decisively” to NoKor testing.

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Even though Pyongyang has been conducting missile tests at an unprecedented rate this year while being distant from the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines must react “firmly” to the provocations.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Korean Ministry of Unification urged Manila and the rest of the world community to assist Seoul in pressuring North Korea to denuclearize and restart talks as soon as feasible.

The ministry told the Philippine News Agency, “We request that the Philippines, along with the international community, support the ROK (Republic of Korea) government’s efforts to persuade North Korea to stop such military provocations.

The statement said, “To address the matter, the Philippines and the international community must respond decisively to North Korea’s provocations and exert efforts to re-engage North Korea in the disarmament dialogue.

Pyongyang’s ongoing weapons tests, according to the South Korean ministry in charge of inter-Korean relations and issues relating to unification, constitute a threat to peace and stability not just on the Korean Peninsula but also in Asia and the rest of the globe.

It was hoped that the Asean Regional Forum (ARF), in particular, could play a “more constructive role” in this matter. Asean is an association of Southeast Asian countries.

The 10 Asean member states and 17 other countries, including South Korea, North Korea, China, and Russia, make up the ARF, a venue for security dialogue.

On Thursday, North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles and one assumed intercontinental ballistic missile toward the East Sea, according to Yonhap.

This came after up to 23 missiles were launched on November 2, one of which made landfall for the first time since the Korean War close to South Korean waters, prompting Seoul to retaliate by sending air-to-ground missiles into the water across the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the de facto maritime border between the two.

In previous pronouncements, Pyongyang claimed that the tests were in retaliation for military exercises between South Korea and the US.

The South is still open to talks, according to the Unification Ministry, but the North has not yet responded to its suggestions.

“The Yoon Suk Yeol government invited North Korea to react to our proposal and unveiled the “Audacious Initiative” for a denuclearized, tranquil, and prosperous Korean Peninsula. We would persistently and patiently pursue a plan to persuade North Korea to resume disarmament talks while keeping the door open for communication “It read.

Maria Theresa De Vega, the Philippine ambassador to South Korea, said in an exclusive interview with PNA that Manila maintains its position on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“We have consistently adhered to that stance. We continue to advocate for it both inside Asean and within the international community at the UN “She spoke.

“Because this is a problem that affects not just the Korean Peninsula but also the greater area as a whole and, of course, the entire globe, we have occasionally issued national statements denouncing any attempts to further destabilize the Korean Peninsula through testing. So, we keep doing it. We keep emphasizing that, “Added she.

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