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"We again call on the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to cease its provocative and highly risky actions that threaten the peace, stability, and security of the region", said Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a statement on Saturday, September 16.

Terming North Korea's latest violation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions as a source of deep regret, the spokeswoman said, "We are convinced that now it is more important than ever before for all parties involved to stop escalating tensions that are accompanying every new round of reactions and counter reactions".

"North Korea's missile launch is another reckless breach of United Nations resolutions, a major threat to worldwide peace and security which demands a global response", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on social media.

However, the yen's fall against the dollar on Friday raised questions about investors' willingness to buy Japanese assets when Japan is in North Korea's firing line.

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"This test is another serious breach of United Nations Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2375 adopted earlier this week".

The prime minister is set to attend the UN General Assembly's general debate in NY next week, where he is expected to raise the issue among other related matters.

Early this month, Asean foreign ministers deplored the nuclear tests and emphasized the group's readiness "to play a constructive role in contributing to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula".

"Of course, we are also concerned about the safety of the 242,000 Filipinos in Japan who may be impacted by these provocative acts", Cayetano said.

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"Our Embassy in Tokyo and Consulate General in Osaka are closely monitoring the situation and are regularly providing updates to the Filipino community", said Cayetano.

North Korea said on Saturday it aimed to reach an "equilibrium" of military force with the United States after Pyongyang fired a second missile over Japan on Friday.

"Our kababayans (countrymen) in Japan must closely monitor the Embassy's announcements and to update information on their whereabouts and contact details with the embassy or Consulate General", he said.

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