THE Philippines supports the decision of the United Nations Security Council to impose tougher sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) because of its continued ballistic missile testing, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Sunday.
“The Philippines has been consistent in its support for the various UN Security Council resolutions,” said Robespierre Bolivar, Foreign Affairs spokesman.
The UNSC toughened its sanctions against North Korea, following the adoption of Resolution 2371, which ordered the communist state to stop supplying, selling or transferring coal, iron, iron ore, seafood, lead and lead ore to other countries.
It also reaffirmed its decision that Pyongyang should abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
The council also decided that “all member states shall not increase the total number of work authorizations for such persons in their jurisdictions, unless approved by the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 issued on 2006.
The council also decided to prohibit member states from opening new joint ventures or cooperative entities with the DPRK entities and individuals, or expand existing joint ventures through additional investments.
UNSC issued the resolution the same day foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) released a statement urging Pyongyang to stop its nuclear program and comply immediately and fully with its obligations under relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.