RP joins call for North Korea to halt nuclear test

d8kjufl80.jpg(AP) MANILA, Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Saturday urged North Korea to halt a planned nuclear test, saying it would endanger Asia’s security and set back peace-building efforts and set back peace-building efforts of a Southeast Asian security forum.

Arroyo and Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo issued separate statements amid concerns that the nuclear test could be imminent. Both urged the communist state to return to six-nation talks aimed at dismantling North Koreas nuclear program.

“The Philippine government views with grave concern the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s recent announcement that it will test nuclear devices,” Arroyo said in a statement.

“We urge the DPRK to abide by the commitment to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs as expressed in the Six-Party Talks Joint Statement of 19 September 2005,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said her government “believes the concerns of all parties may be resolved through constructive dialogue and diplomacy for the mutual benefit of all regional and global stakeholders …”

Romulo said the “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is crucial to the region’s peace, security and continued economic development.”

He said the planned tests would compromise the confidence-building efforts of the ASEAN Regional Forum, which North Korea is a member of. The forum is Asia’s biggest annual security conference.

The Philippines currently chairs the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The leaders of its member countries are expected to discuss the North Korea nuclear issue when they meet in an annual summit in the central resort island of Cebu in December.

The U.N. Security Council warned North Korea on Friday not to test its first nuclear weapon, which could come as early as Sunday, and return immediately to talks on scrapping its nuclear weapons program, warning of unspecified consequences.

MANILA, Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Saturday urged North Korea to halt a planned nuclear test, saying it would endanger Asia’s security and set back peace-building efforts and set back peace-building efforts of a Southeast Asian security forum.

Arroyo and Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo issued separate statements amid concerns that the nuclear test could be imminent. Both urged the communist state to return to six-nation talks aimed at dismantling North Koreas nuclear program.

“The Philippine government views with grave concern the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s recent announcement that it will test nuclear devices,” Arroyo said in a statement.

“We urge the DPRK to abide by the commitment to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs as expressed in the Six-Party Talks Joint Statement of 19 September 2005,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said her government “believes the concerns of all parties may be resolved through constructive dialogue and diplomacy for the mutual benefit of all regional and global stakeholders …”

Romulo said the “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is crucial to the region’s peace, security and continued economic development.”

He said the planned tests would compromise the confidence-building efforts of the ASEAN Regional Forum, which North Korea is a member of. The forum is Asia’s biggest annual security conference.

The Philippines currently chairs the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The leaders of its member countries are expected to discuss the North Korea nuclear issue when they meet in an annual summit in the central resort island of Cebu in December.

The U.N. Security Council warned North Korea on Friday not to test its first nuclear weapon, which could come as early as Sunday, and return immediately to talks on scrapping its nuclear weapons program, warning of unspecified consequences.

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