Philippine prelate calls North Korea rocket launch troubling

Government says Pyongyang violates UN Security Council resolutions

February 9, 2016
A Filipino Catholic bishop described North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket on Feb. 7 as "troubling."

"We must be troubled by rising destructive designs of North Korea," said Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa.

"Many other nations will do the same when able as long as might is glorified," said Archbishop Arguelles, chairman of the public affairs committee of the bishops' conference.

He said the problem is not just North Korea's missiles but "the insane minds that might launch them."

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea launched the Kwangmyongsong satellite into space on Feb. 7.

The Philippines condemned the launch as a "violation" of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

"The Philippines strongly urges [North Korea] to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile technology programs in a complete, verifiable, irreversible manner," the Philippine government said in a statement.

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