Manila urges restraint as US, North Korea trade nuke threats


Posted at Aug 13 2017 03:41 PM

Manila urges restraint as US, North Korea trade nuke threats 1
Servicepersons of the Ministry of People's Security met on Thursday to express full support for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) government statement, in this photo released on Friday by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. KCNA/via Reuters

MANILA - Malacañang on Sunday called for restraint as the US and North Korea continued to trade threats of nuclear attack.

"The Philippines reiterates its call for continued exercise of self-restraint in order to de-escalate the tension and to refrain from actions that may aggravate the situation on the Korean Peninsula," Presidential Spokesman Ernest Abella said in a statement. 

Abella's statement came after US President Donald Trump warned that Pyongyang faced "fire and fury" over its missile program. North Korea had threatened to strike targets in or around Guam, a US territory in the Western Pacific.

Abella said Philippine missions in South Korea and Guma were monitoring the situation to "ensure preparedness for any eventuality." 

The military also said there was only a "remote" possibility that debris from a missile would hit the Philippines if North Korea made good on its threat to attack Guam.