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PIA Press Release
2006/10/13

Commentary: If North Korea crisis worsens, at least weíre prepared

by Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (13 October) -- World leaders condemn North Koreaís nuclear testing a threat to peace and stability and threatening it with sanctions of all kinds.

Before the testing, reports said that North Korea informed its only ally and only source of oil, the Peopleís Republic of China, being the only country having economic influence with Pyongyang, about the nuclear device which they are going to explode in about 4.0 kiloton range.

North Korean President Kim Jong Il, said to be an eccentric, dangerous and shrewd political operator uses his nuclear firepower as a key on his regimeís survival and as a defense to what they believe that US plans to invade their country. Being a part of the Kim Dynasty, he also stands on the ideology of juiche or self-reliance which was literally interpreted and resorted to their being self-sufficient in everything and refuse to buy or sell anything from the outside world/nations.

Though the North Korean Government insists that they have safely and successfully performed the underground test with no radiation leak, different nations like the United States, Japan, China, Philippines and other countries condemn this nuclear device testing which would greatly harm the entire region.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said in a statement that this nuclear testing clearly poses threat to the political, security and economic stability of Northeast Asia.

The Arroyo Administrationís contingency plans act as a protective mantle over the Filipinos in all corners of the globe, whose safety and security are the governmentís primary concern.

The governments act on putting evacuation plans in motionis still considered premature as far as Korea is concerned, but the administration has instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment to be ready and prepared in case the situation comes to worst, though urging all Filipino workers in Korea to stay calm and allow the diplomatic process to work on the issues and mechanisms of stability that bear the situation.

Keeping our OFWs out of harmís way is an utmost priority that really needs to be acted beforehand to avoid any unlikely incidents to happen.

It just goes to show that the government has learned its lesson and has taken the previous situation in Lebanon as a good example so as not to be blamed and again be bombarded with black propagandas by oppositionists faultfinders and radical groups that are used to pinpointing the government. (PIA La Union) [top]

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