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South Korea Tests Two Ballistic Missiles, One Fails

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"DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) must put a stop to these tests and to start talks instead", Cayetano said.

Cayetano said the Philippine government is "concerned" over the safety of some 242,000 Filipinos in Japan who may be affected by North Korea's missile launches.

The Security Council also reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in north-east Asia at large, and expressed its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, welcoming efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue. It turns out that Seoul had launched two Hunmoo-2 missiles in response to the DPRK's test. The Philippines chairs this year's ASEAN meetings.

The Kremlin said on Friday that North Korea's latest missile test was part of a series of unacceptable provocations and that the United Nations Security Council was united in believing such launches should not be taking place.

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U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres condemned North Korea's missile launch over Japan on Friday and said he would discuss the situation at the United Nations General Assembly's gathering next week.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency carried Kim's comments on Saturday - a day after USA and South Korean militaries detected the missile launch from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

"We again call on the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to cease its provocative and highly unsafe 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. On Thursday North Korea threatened to "sink Japan" with its nuclear missiles and also to reduce the USA mainland "to ashes".

"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the USA rulers dare not talk about military option", North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

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