Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session and call on the international community to take concerted action against the nuclear and ballistic missile development of North Korea, which conducted its fifth nuclear test on Sept. 9. Abe and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau confirmed in a telephone conversation on Sept. 13 that their countries will strengthen cooperation for the adoption of a resolution by the UN Security Council calling for fresh sanctions against Pyongyang. Abe hopes to strengthen international pressure on North Korea on account of its unilateral moves to raise the threat level in Northeast Asia.
UNGA deals with a wide range of issues such as refugees, immigration, climate change, development, and counterterrorism. North Korea’s nuclear and missile development has drawn a lot of attention from Japan, the U.S., and East Asia, but their concerns are not necessarily shared by the entire international community.
A senior Foreign Ministry official pointed out that Japan needs to take a leading role in raising international interest in the threat posed by North Korea, saying, “Along with South Korea, Japan is exposed to the greatest risk. Japan must emphasize this situation.”
Abe plans to mention North Korea’s nuclear missile development in a speech at the UNGA General Debate starting on Sept. 20. (Abridged)