North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are one of the biggest threats to international peace and security, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. While Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Abe urged the Security Council to respond to the latest nuclear test “in a manner entirely distinct from our responses thus far.”
More than 21 ballistic missiles have been launched by North Korea this year alone, Abe said, with several of them reaching waters within Japan’s exclusive economic zone — 200 nautical miles from its coast.
“It is purely a matter of good fortune that no commercial aircraft or ships suffered any damage during this incident,” Abe said.
“There is no alternative but to say that the threat has now reached a dimension altogether different from what has transpired until now.”
He urged the UN to “indicate an unmistakable attitude to this threat.”