The Philippines on Friday condemned North Korea’s recent latest missile launches, saying they raised tensions in the Indo-Pacific region.

In a statement on Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said North Korea’s missile tests “increase tension and undermine peace and stability in an already volatile region.”

“The Philippines calls on all parties to exercise utmost restraint,” the DFA said.

“It also calls on [North Korea] to comply with its obligations under the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and to commit to the process of constructive and peaceful dialogue with the Republic of Korea,” it added.

According to reports, North Korea had fired about 30 missiles in the past two days, including one that landed near South Korea’s waters.

The missile tests were conducted after South Korea and the US staged the Vigilant Storm joint air drills. John Ezekiel J. Hirro