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Commentary: North Korea nuclear test, more than just a security risk

Tacloban City (October 12) -- The nuclear test of North Korea is more than just a security risk that threatens regional integration and global security. It also puts to risk the freedom and prosperity of all the people in East Asia.

As a peace-loving nation, the Philippines believe that nuclear weapons have no more place in a world that places premium on understanding and harmony, where the primary interest is the pursuit of world peace, the resolution of economic imbalances and the global fight against poverty and terrorism.

At this point in time when the whole world is already gaining grounds by working hand in hand to eradicate poverty, the last thing that the world needs is coercion and intimidation in the form of nuclear tests.

The world has already learned the lessons of destruction brought about by nuclear weapons, and this is the reason why many countries like the Philippines hope and pray that the United Nation Security Council would come up with the best way to finally convince North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons project.

Even as the Philippines joins the rest of the countries all over the world in convincing the leadership of the North Korean government to stop its continuous development of weapons of mass destruction and to shift its focus on regional collaboration rather than coercion, the Administration has readied through the Department of Foreign Affairs, contingency plans in evacuating the more than 50,000 Overseas Filipino Workers in the Korean Peninsula.

The Administration's contingency plans will serve as a protective mantle over the Filipinos in all corners of the globe, whose safety and security are the government's primary priority.

After the recent Lebanon experience, the Administration is living nothing to chance. It may be still premature to put evacuation plans into action as far as Korea is concerned but the Administration has already instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment to be ready and prepared at all times.

Learning from the lessons of the recent past, the Government has made p[reparations for every contingency that will require taking the Filipino nationals out of harms way. (PIA 8) [top]

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