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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA1337
2009-06-24 08:03
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/23/2019
TAGS: KN MNUC PARM PGOV PREL RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES MOVING TO IMPLEMENT UNSCR 1874 ON NORTH KOREA

REF: A. MANILA 1317
¶B. STATE 64133
¶C. STATE 61231
¶D. MANILA 1112

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

¶1. (C) In a followup conversation June 23 with Acting
Foreign Secretary Franklin Ebdalin, the Ambassador stressed
that North Korea’s nuclear testing represented a major threat
to the region and to our respective countries, and that it
was vital that all concerned partners move rapidly to
implement UNSCR 1874. Ebdalin readily agreed, noting that
President Arroyo had made it abundantly clear that she shared
the concerns of the United States. Ebdalin pledged that the
Philippine government would explore how best to implement the
resolution, and that it had already sent instructions to the
various government agencies that play a role in
nonproliferation issues, including the Department of National
Defense, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the
various intelligence agencies, to ensure that action on the
resolution is underway.

¶2. (C) In a separate conversation, DFA Assistant Secretary
for ASEAN Affairs Eduardo Maglaya said that in previous
crises involving aggressive acts by the DPRK, the Philippines
had espoused concerted action by the United Nations, and it
had been a dependable advocate for nuclear nonproliferation
in its role as a member of the Board of Governors of the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

¶3. (SBU) Recent provocative moves by North Korea have
garnered significant coverage in the Philippines’ often
insular media. Both the DPRK’s April launch of a multistage
long-range missile and the May 25 nuclear test brought
front-page attention in leading dailies. During President
Arroyo’s previously scheduled travel to Korea in the
immediate aftermath of the May 25 nuclear test, ASEAN-Korean
joint statements condemning the DPRK’s moves were widely
covered in Philippine broadcast and print media, as were more
recent Japanese-Philippine joint statements welcoming UNSCR
1874 and reiterating support for the denuclearization of the
Korean peninsula.
KENNEY

   

 

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