PH to North Korea: Stop 'provocative' missile tests, start peace talks

Kim Jong Un vows to achieve 'equilibrium of force&apos with US

NATO has called for "a global response" to North Korea's ballistic missile tests early on Friday.

The DPRK reportedly fired a missile over Japan's northern island Hokkaido and into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, which came only days after the United Nations Security Council voted in favor of a resolution toughening sanctions on the DPRK.

In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano urged North Korea to "cease its provocative and highly unsafe actions that threaten the peace, stability and security of the region".

That launch was followed by a nuclear test on September 3, its largest to date, which Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile.

The secretary-general "will be discussing the situation on the Korean Peninsula with all concerned parties in the margins of the upcoming high level week of the United Nations General Assembly", he added.

"We again call on the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to cease its provocative and highly risky actions that threaten the peace, stability, and security of the region", said Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a statement on Saturday, September 16.

Last August, Foreign ministers of the member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations released a statement expressing concern over the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

To ease tensions, China has been committed to a peaceful solution by supporting Security Council sanctions on one hand, and on the other proposing initiatives which aim to suspend hostilities by both Pyongyang and Washington.

The UN Security Council has accused North Korea of undermining regional peace and security by launching its latest missile over Japan and said its nuclear and missile tests "have caused grave security concerns around the world" and threaten all 193 UN member states.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council has condemned the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the North Korea and called on the country's leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearisation.

The test saw Pyongyang sending its second missile flying over Japan within a month.

Meanwhile, he noted that the new missile launch proves sanctions and pressure will not work on the DPRK, and that the Korean Peninsula issue should only be addressed with a diplomatic solution.

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