Manila, Philippines – In a statement last Saturday, the White House praised the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug crackdown and said that the two leaders had a “very friendly conversation”. It was also added that the U.S.-Philippine alliance is ” heading in a very positive direction.”
“It was a very friendly conversation, in which the two leaders discussed the concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding regional security, including the threat posed by North Korea,” said the readout. “They also discussed the fact that the Philippine government is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs, a scourge that affects many countries throughout the world.”
It can be remembered that tensions between the United States and North Korea have intensified over the month, when the latter parades its force and conducted ballistic missile tests.
The US military has moved an aircraft carrier strike group into the region, docked a powerful nuclear submarine in South Korea and staged large military drills with South Korea and Japan.
Before his phone call with Trump, President Duterte said the world would suffer if the United States and North Korea led by Kim Jong Un could not defuse the situation.
“Everybody suffers, only because two nations are playing with their dangerous toys. It behooves a certain America, because it is the more responsible country. I’m sure President Trump by now must also be cautioning his military to just maybe hang on and not to start something they cannot control,” President Duterte said as reported by Community Newswatch.
President Duterte urged the US to be patient and practice restraint.
“We know that we are playing with somebody who relishes in letting go his missiles. I would not want to go into his mind because I really don’t know what is inside. But he is putting Mother Earth, the planet, on the edge,” he added.
Read the official statement here by The White House.
— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) April 30, 2017