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Duterte: ASEAN 'extremely worried' over latest NoKor missile launch


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President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are "extremely worried" over North Korea's latest launch of a ballistic missile.

"The countries of ASEAN [are] extremely worried. There seems to be two countries playing with their toys, and those toys are not really to entertain," Duterte said during a press conference after the closing of the 30th ASEAN Summit in Pasay City.

"Asia will suffer first if there's a nuclear fallout," he added.

Duterte said that the United States should be more prudent on the matter as it is a "responsible country."

"It behooves upon America, who wields the biggest stick just to really be prudent and patient," he said.

Duterte said he will relay this to US President Donald Trump during an expected call later tonight.

He said he will urge the US to show restraint and not play into the hands of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He said the tensions on the Korean Peninsula were like two countries playing with toys.

"I will just communicate to (Trump), just let him play with his, do not play into his hands," he said.

"The guy (Kim) simply wants to end the world, that is why he is very happy. He is always smiling. But he really wants to finish everything."

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from an area north of Pyongyang. Reports said the test failed.

Duterte said a communiqué on the situation in the Korean Peninsula may be included in the ASEAN Chairman's Statement, which is expected to released on Saturday night.  —with Reuters/ALG, GMA News

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