North Korea missile hitting Philippine remote, says military

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - If the North Korean missile intended for Guam disintegrated in the atmosphere, the debris could scatter and their trajectory could include the Philippines’ northern coast, the Philippine military said. 

There is little danger that a North Korean missile will hit the Philippines if the rogue state makes good on its threat to fire a salvo toward Guam, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.

Padilla also said there was a “remote” possibility that debris from the missile’s disintegration could reach the country, particularly the northern coastal areas.

“It’s a source of concern, that’s why the [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] leaders or foreign ministers discussed it thoroughly and came up with a statement,” Padilla said of Pyongyang’s missile threat.

“But we don’t see this as potentially hitting us in any way because it is directed toward an outer island in the Pacific itself,” he added.

If the missile disintegrated in the atmosphere, the debris could scatter and their trajectory could include the Philippines’ northern coast, he said.

 “We have to forewarn our citizens to be on the lookout,” Padilla said. “But that’s something that we see as remote.”

Pyongyang’s Asean presence

Padilla said the presence of North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho during the Asean Regional Forum in Manila recently indicated that Pyongyang still wanted to talk with its Asian neighbors.

The forum was also attended by foreign ministers from the United States, Japan and South Korea.

“If they [North Korea] are intently going to do what they have been announcing, then the foreign minister would not have gone there,” Padilla said.  “So I think there is still a lot of room for dialogue, a lot of room for talks. And we see this as a positive sign.”

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