MANILA – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday slammed North Korea’s launch of a missile which flew over Japan, calling it a “very dangerous act.”
“That is a very dangerous act by the North Koreans. First, they keep flying those… sending those missiles up without any reason but maybe except to scare us here, the neighboring countries,” Lorenzana said in a news conference in Malacañang.
Lorenzana said North Korea’s activities have triggered alarm in the Philippines, an ally of the United States, North Korea’s chief nemesis.
He also warned that North Korean missiles could hit the Philippines since Pyongyang’s “technology [is] not accurate.”
“They might be aiming for some other, but it will drop into another country like the Philippines. Even the President (Rodrigo Duterte) is very much concerned about these missiles from North Korea,” he said.
This would be disastrous, he said, as Manila does not have the capability to shield itself from a nuclear attack.
The most likely scenario is for debris to hit the Philippines if North Korea launches a missile towards the Pacific, military and disaster management officials have said.
North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, deepening tensions after Pyongyang’s recent test of its most powerful nuclear bomb.
The missile flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 kms east of Hokkaido, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.
North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under young leader Kim Jong Un as it accelerates a weapons program capable of targetting the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile. Two tests in July were for long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching at least parts of the US mainland. -- with Reuters