The Philippines wrote to North Korea through the UN, China and ASEAN on Sunday to protest against Pyongyang's plan to launch what it claims is a space rocket, AFP reported. Filipino Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the Philippines' diplomatic missions in the UN and China lodged a protest letter with the North Korean missions.
"Del Rosario said protest letters were also sent to North Korea's diplomatic posts in ASEAN, of which the Philippines is part, ahead of a meeting this week," AFP said.
Del Rosario pointed out that the rocket launch will be a clear violation of the UN resolutions, and added, "I will look for an opportunity to raise our position" at the ASEAN meet that takes place in Cambodia on Tuesday.
On March 13, North Korea declared that it will launch a "satellite" between April 12 and 16, and notified the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization that the two-tier propulsion rocket will fall in the sea 190 km east of the Philippines. The launch is widely believed to be a cover-up for a long-range missile test.