Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that countries need to unite to enforce sanctions and apply pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In his U.N. speech, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said North Korean nuclear weapons either already were, or were on the verge of becoming, hydrogen bombs, presenting an unprecedented threat. "We must prevent the goods, funds, people, and technology necessary for nuclear and missile development from heading to North Korea," Abe said. "Whether or not we can put an end to the provocations by North Korea is dependent upon the solidarity of the international community. There is not much time left." Abe said Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, consistently supported the U.S. stance that "all options are on the table" in dealing with North Korea. On Sept. 11, the U.N. Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, imposing a ban on the isolated nation's textile exports and capping imports of crude oil. North Korea fired a missile on Friday that flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan and landed far out into the Pacific Ocean, according to Japanese and South Korean officials, further ratcheting up tensions in the region. Abe said diplomatic attempts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear aspirations have failed over two decades.