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Pres­i­dent Duterte sup­ports Ja­pan’s stance against North Korea and cau­tioned Pres­i­dent Kim Jongun not to threaten the world with his nu­clear war­fare.

Duterte as­sured Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe dur­ing their bi­lat­eral meet­ing at the Philippine In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Pasay City on the side­lines of the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions Sum­mit Mon­day that the Philip­pines sup­ports Ja­pan’s stance against North Korea.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive said it is a mat­ter of in­ter­est for the two coun­tries de­spite the Philip­pines be­ing far­ther from the rogue state com­pared to Ja­pan.

“We are supporting you against what North Korea is do­ing. We con­demn the con­tin­ued pos­tur­ing of North Korea with the nu­clear weapons,” Duterte said.

“We have said it sev­eral times al­ready in the past that it is not to the in­ter­est of North Korea to swag­ger around and threaten the world, of keep­ing us hostage with the atomic weapons,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Duterte, Kim should re­al­ize that he would be re­spon­si­ble in case the nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties in his coun­try cause the world’s de­struc­tion. “We con­demn his sev­eral launch­ing of mis­siles. It is bad. It puts a strain on everybody, not only in Ja­pan but all over the world,” Duterte said.

“And he should re­al­ize that he’d be re­spon­si­ble for end­ing life in this planet if his mind goes out of con­trol.”

Duterte said the ASEAN is try­ing to per­suade Kim to stop his ag­gres­sive­ness as this may bring the world to the point of no re­turn. “That is why we are per­suad­ing him, maybe plead­ing him to stop the ag­gres­sive pos­ture. The Philip­pines is about too far but, you know, no­body will save us from a holo­caust if it hap­pens,” he said.

Duterte thanked Abe for Ja­pan’s as­sis­tance to the Philip­pines dur­ing and af­ter the war against the Maute Group in Marawi City.

“We are aware that you have been help­ing us, es­pe­cially in Marawi even dur­ing the siege and we ap­pre­ci­ate it very much,” Duterte told Abe. “In be­half of the peo­ple of Marawi, I’d like to thank you again,” he added.

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