Palace: 'No need for undue alarm' in North Korea missile firing

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) — The government assured Filipinos there is no cause for alarm in North Korea's firing of a missile that flew over Japan on Tuesday.

"The direction really is towards Japan and it's not necessarily targeted towards us... At this stage, there is no need for undue alarm," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in his regular press briefing.

He said the Office of Civil Defense will warn the public of any danger from missiles.

"The security officials of the nation are in touch with the security officials of other nations and are closely coordinating regarding the matter," he added.

The Foreign Affairs Department also called on North Korea to stop its "dangerous and provocative actions."

"We call on the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to halt these dangerous and provocative actions, which heighten tensions, increase instability and the risk of miscalculation, and could possibly endanger lives," Secretary Alan Cayetano said in a statement on Tuesday.

Cayetano said he has instructed the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo to continue closely monitoring the situation and ensure that some 242,000 Filipinos living and working in Japan are safe.

"I wish to assure our kababayans in Japan that our Embassy in Tokyo and our Consulate General in Osaka are prepared to assist them should it be necessary," he said.

Japan's Chief Cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile launched by North Korea passed over the Erimo Cape of Hokkaido, and is believed to have fallen into the Pacific Ocean.

Suga called it a "most serious and grave threat" that could endanger peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

At the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in Manila last August 8, North Koread had assured it would be a "responsible nuclear power" and pose no threat to other countries unless they join forces with the United States.