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PH appeals for peaceful dialogue on Nokor issue

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By Genalyn Kabiling

In the wake of fierce rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, the Philippine government has pushed for a peaceful dialogue instead of a military resolution to ease the hostilities in the Korean peninsula.

Malacañang Palace. (Photo by Richard V. Viñas) | Manila Bulletin

Malacañang Palace. (Photo by Richard V. Viñas) | Manila Bulletin)

“We continue to enjoin all concerned parties to desist from threats and military action,” Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said during a Palace news conference.

“We enjoin all sides to start talks, which should be greatly facilitated by an end to missile test and attack threats,” he said.

The Palace issued the latest appeal amid the renewed tension over a potential military clash between United States and North Korea.

North Korea, widely denounced for its nuclear and missile tests at an unprecedented pace, recently threatened to launch a missile strike on the US territory of Guam. The North Korean army was supposedly just waiting for a final order to attack the US territory.

Responding to the Pyongyang’s threat, US President Donald Trump warned that the US military was “locked and loaded” for an attack on North Korea.

Malacañang, meantime, assured that contingency measures are in place in the event of untoward incident in the Korean peninsula.

“We commend our Seoul  embassy and our Guam consulate for their contingency plan to secure Filipinos if and when military conflict erupts,” he said.

He also appealed to Filipinos in Guam and Korea and their families here to inform DFA of their whereabouts.

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