The Secretary-General spoke by telephone last night with H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.
The Secretary-General congratulated the Prime Minister of Japan for his appointment. He expressed his support to the Prime Minister’s intention to strengthen Japan’s economy and reconstruction after the Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami of 2011. The Secretary-General stressed the importance of Japan’s role in Northeast Asia, and commended Japan’s efforts regarding nuclear disarmament. He expressed his concern for North Korea’s use of nuclear weapons, and also referred to his preoccupation with the humanitarian situation in that country, and to the need to resolve the issue of abductions.
The Prime Minister of Japan concurred with the Secretary-General in the importance of the issues raised by him and expressed his determination to strengthen the relationships between Japan and the UN, and between Japan and its neighbouring countries. He agreed on the need for resolute Security Council action on the use of nuclear weapons by North Korea. The Prime Minister also expressed his willingness to work in the improvement of the human rights situation in North Korea and in resolving the issue of abductions.
The Prime Minister referred to Japan’s strong support to the United Nations and commended the Secretary-General’s work in the management of the UN and his efforts to improve the situation in Syria.