Japan and the United Nations

May 27, 2017
On May 27, commencing at 11:54 a.m. local time (6:54 p.m. Japan time) for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting the Italian Republic to attend the G7 Taormina Summit, held a meeting with Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN).
To begin with, Prime Minister Abe mentioned that it is important to increase pressure on North Korea at this juncture, and that China’s role is the key. In response, Secretary-General Guterres condemned North Korea’s recent actions, explained that the UN Security Council (UNSC) possesses tools to increase pressure on North Korea and stated that he will raise the North Korean issue seriously among countries concerned. The two sides agreed that they will collaborate closely on issues of concern such as the abductions, nuclear and missile issues.
Additionally, Prime Minister Abe stated the importance of implementing the agreement between Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) on the issue of comfort women, and Secretary-General Guterres expressed his support for the agreement and welcomed it.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe described Japan’s efforts towards becoming a State Party to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. In this regard, Secretary-General Guterres explained that a Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council is an individual expert independent from the United Nations and his/her assertions do not necessarily reflect the consensus view of the United Nations.

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