August 20, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

PHL joins Japan in protest of N. Korea missile

THE PHILIPPINE government, joining Japan’s earlier protest announcement, expressed “very grave concern” over North Korea’s May 14 ballistic missile launch that landed in the Sea of Japan. “The Philippines continues to call on DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), to cease these acts of provocation, a clear breach of the UN Security Council resolutions, and constitutes a serious challenge to regional peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the international community,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement issued May 18. “We underscore the need for DPRK to comply with its international obligations under relevant UNSC (United Nations Security Council) resolutions and to return to the process of constructive dialogue,” it added.