Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a telephone conversation on Wednesday, agreed to work together to seek stronger UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea.
On Tuesday, North Korea test fired an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 ballistic missile. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the missile flew over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido before falling into the Pacific Ocean 1,180 km east of the island.
According to the NHK broadcaster, Abe, during his 20-minute call with Moon, said that the missile launch had been an unprecedented and serious threat, adding that it clearly showed that “North Korea was not ready for the dialogue.”
With this in mind, the Japanese prime minister stressed the necessity of stepping up the pressure on Pyongyang, saying that he wanted to coordinate efforts with South Korea and the U.S. on this specific issue at future council meetings, the broadcaster reported.
In response, Moon said that he sympathised with Japan’s concerns and anxiety, adding that “the adoption of a UNSC presidential statement is a result of cooperation between South Korea, Japan and the United States.”
According to the broadcaster, Abe and Moon pledged to coordinate their efforts to seek the adoption of a council resolution that would impose even tougher sanctions on North Korea.
The two leaders also agreed to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum, which will be held in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7.
On Tuesday, the 15-member UN body, held a closed session on North Korea, followed by an open meeting.
Council President and Egyptian Ambassador to the UN Abdellatif Aboulatta read a presidential statement, adopted as a result of the consultations, which condemned the missile launches.
Members of the council called for immediate action to ease tensions both on the Korean Peninsula and globe.