By Anna Leah Gonzales

LEADERS MEETING. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. attends the Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC) Leaders Meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo, Japan on Monday (Dec. 18, 2023). Before his speech, Marcos joined other Association of Southeast Asian Nations in condemning North Korea’s firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan. (Photo courtesy of PCO)

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in condemning North Korea’s reported firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan.

North Korea reportedly fired a long-range ballistic missile, which supposedly fell into the sea, west of Hokkaido, according to Japan’s coast guard.

“We join Japan, together with the rest of the ASEAN, in condemning the continued threat that the launching [of] ballistic missiles by the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] represents,” Marcos said.

The President made the statement before his speech during the meeting of Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC) leaders at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo, Japan as part of the 50th Commemorative ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation Summit.

“As we speak on economic progress in our region, we found these aspirations on a peaceful and stable Indo-Pacific Region. So, such dangerous and provocative actions by the DPRK threaten and destabilize the region and the world,” Marcos said. (PNA)