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C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 004263

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/06/2016
TAGS: PREL PARM KNNP KN RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE STANCE ON NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST

REF: A. STATE 166404
¶B. MANILA 4261

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) In a discussion with Ambassador on October 6,
Foreign Secretary Romulo indicated full support and agreement
for the U.S. position on a possible North Korean nuclear test
(ref a). Romulo noted that his much publicized comments
earlier this week on North Korea fully echoed and supported
the U.S. position as well as statements from other
international partners. Romulo also noted that it was
important to be “strong” and united in the face of North
Korean “threats.” He said that, as ASEAN chair, the
Philippines would welcome having the 5 5 talks “resumed and
revived.” In response to Ambassador’s query on a possible
ASEAN statement, Romulo said a joint statement was unlikely
but he welcomed the prospect of a UNSC statement.

¶2. (C) Pol/C provided the U.S. position to Assistant
Secretary of Foreign Affairs for Asia and the Pacific Romeo

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Manalo on October 5. Manalo’s office immediately began
working on a new draft statement, which the Department of
Foreign Affairs had not issued formally as of COB October 6,
however.

¶3. (C) Comment: As ref b discusses more fully, President
Arroyo will participate in the ASEAN-China Commemorative
Summit in Nanning on October 30-31. This would provide a
unique opportunity for a joint statement on the situation in
North Korea, if we wish to encourage all ASEAN capitals and
Beijing to consider this option ahead of time.
KENNEY

   

 

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