Press Release
May 25, 2009


Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, chair of the Senate committee on foreign relations, joined world leaders in condemning the nuclear weapons test conducted by North Korea earlier today, 25 May 2009.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency earlier reported that North Korea "successfully conducted one more underground nuclear test on May 25 as part of the measures to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defense in every way as requested by its scientists and technicians."

The nuclear test was reportedly "safely conducted on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology of its control."

Santiago said the nuclear testing was a breach of United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1718, which prohibited North Korea from conducting nuclear tests.

The senator urged Malacañang to support Japan's call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in the wake of the nuclear weapons test conducted by North Korea.

Meanwhile, Asia-Pacific stock markets dipped today, spooked by the nuclear testing.

South Korean and Japanese stocks dropped after North Korea said it had conducted a nuclear test. New Zealand shares fell in sympathy with the Asian markets.

Santiago said the government should calm the Philippine stock market to prevent it from being jittery just like other Asian markets.

"There is no cause for panic. North Korea cannot immediately produce a nuclear weapon at this early stage of the testing," Santiago said. "It will take years before North Korea can weaponize its nuclear capability."

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