PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, October 10, called for unity against nuclear threats posed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, as he reiterated Manila’s full support to its allies.
Speaking aboard the HMAS Adelaide, Duterte warned the region would suffer if North Korea was allowed to continue to strengthen its nuclear capabilities.
“Any distraction using nuclear bombs, nuclear arms, would destroy Southeast Asia immediately. And the Philippines is no exception,” said the president in a speech during his tour at the Australian ship which is docked in Manila for a visit.
The HMAS Adelaide will be in the Philippines until Sunday, October 15, for a goodwill visit as part of the regional deployment by the Australian Defence Force to strengthen ties within the region.
Duterte then urged for a solidarity between the Philippines and its allies in bid to stop Kim from from playing with what he described as “dangerous weapons.”
“It’s good to raise our awareness actually now. And it would be also to our advantage if you just go around showing solidarity with the rest of the world. Not only because we face so many challenges and threats, but the small guy there in North Korea is playing with dangerous weapons,” he said.
Duterte further called on the North Korean leader to “stop threatening the world” as he “runs the risk of being destroyed first.”
“So I hope that in the coming days, we should stay together, especially the alliance between us, Philippines, America, and even China,” he said.
“And that is why we reiterate our full support with our Australian friends, Americans, and even Chinese, Malaysian, all, to show to this one guy that he has to stop threatening the world. Because he runs the risk of being destroyed first,” the president added.
According to Duterte, China could be “the only monkey wrench” in the violent plans of North Korea.
“China appears to be the only monkey wrench in the violent plans of Kim Un… Un Jun… I can’t even pronounce the g*** stupid name. You have to keep watch over him. And it is always good to be prepared,” he remarked.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had repeatedly expressed concerns over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, as it further urged the nation to exercise “self-restraint” amid rising tensions in the region.