DND: North Korea's mis­sile launch ver­sus Ja­pan 'very danger­ous act'

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Philip­pine gov­ern­ment ex­pressed alarm over North Korea's bal­lis­tic mis­sile launch that flew over the north­ern Ja­panese is­land of Hokkaido on Fri­day.

De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana de­cried the North Korea's "very danger­ous act," which he said was merely meant to "scare the neigh­bor­ing coun­tries" as Py­ongyang con­tin­ues to con­duct nu­clear tests.

Loren­zana feared that the Philip­pines might get hit amid the North Korea's bal­lis­tic mis­sile drills.

"That is a very danger­ous act by the North Korea. First, they keep fly­ing, send­ing those mis­siles up with­out any rea­son, ex­cept to scare us on the neigh­bor­ing coun­tries," Loren­zana told a press con­fer­ence.

"Sec­ond, they're tech­nol­ogy is not ac­cu­rate or they're might be aim­ing for some other but it will drop into another coun­try, like the Philip­pines," he added.

In a re­port by Ja­pan Times, Ja­pan's Chief Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga said North Korea fired an in­ter­me­di­ate-range mis­sile over Hokkaido Is­land that flew about 3,700 kilo­me­ters be­fore fall­ing into the Pa­cific Ocean.

It was Py­ongyang's sec­ond test-flight over Ja­pan, a close ally of the United States (US), in less than a month. It also fol­lowed the sixth and most pow­er­ful nu­clear test by North Kor ea.

On Au­gust 29, the North Korea launched a bal­lis­tic mis­sile that flew over Hokkaido Is­land and landed in the Pa­cific.

North Korea had threat­ened to "sink" Ja­pan with a nu­clear strike and turn the US into "ashes and dark­ness" for sup­port­ing the lat­est United Na­tions (UN) sanc­tions against it for its Septem­ber 3 nu­clear test.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil had ap­proved new sanc­tions on North Korea af­ter it car­ried out its sixth and largest nu­clear test.

‘PH lacks prepa­ra­tions amid Py­ongyang's nu­clear tests'

Amid the grow­ing ten­sion be­tween North Korea and the US, Loren­zana said Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte was "very much con­cerned" over the pos­si­ble de­struc­tion it might bring to the Filipino peo­ple.

The Philip­pines' top de­fense of­fi­cial ad­mit­ted that the ad­min­is­tra­tion lacks enough prepa­ra­tion, just in case the coun­try gets hit by North Korea's con­tin­ued launch of mis­siles.

On Septem­ber 4, Kristof­fer James Purisima, Civil De­fense deputy ad­min­is­tra­tor for ad­min­is­tra­tion, said the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment laid down con­tin­gency mea­sures to en­sure the Filipinos' safety, fol­low­ing the provoca­tive ac­tions by North Korea.

But Loren­zana was not dis­count­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that there would be ca­su­al­ties if North Korea's bal­lis­tic mis­sile falls to the Philip­pine ter­ri­tory.

Loren­zana said all the gov­ern­ment could do is to "just pray and hope" that the Philip­pines would re­main safe.

"The Pres­i­dent is very much con­cerned about these mis­siles from North Korea. We are afraid and that’s very con­cern­ing...And then, it has – how many? – 10 times pow­er­ful as one drop in Hiroshima. So it has 10 times de­struc­tion," he said.

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