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By Leslie Ann G. Aquino

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said he and fellow prelates viewed with alarm the recent ballistic missile launch by North Korea, warning that such provocative action could lead to conflict.

A woman watches a TV screen showing a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) Manila BulletinFile Photo

“It is very alarming and even so dangerous. A provocation that could lead to crisis and incontrollable conflict,” he said in an interview.

On Monday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile; the latest this year, in an effort to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that North Korea has threatened could “deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States.”

Bishop Santos said war should always be avoided at all times.

“No one wins in war. All will be losers. All will suffer. War brings only death and destruction,” he said.

Santos added that war can be avoided if everyone will promote and work for peace.

Retired Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said such action from North Korea should concern all.

“Who cannot be concerned about North Korea’s nuclear dreams? The world is in the brink of war and disaster,” he said.

The former head of the Military Ordinaries urged everyone to offer prayers and sacrifices at this time.

“The dark clouds of imminent trouble fill the horizon. We need more prayers and sacrifices,” said Arguelles.

On Monday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile, the latest for this year, in an effort to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States.

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