The United Nations must come together to thwart North Korea's efforts to develop nuclear weapons, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.
Abe dedicated much of his address before the UN General Assembly to the threat posed by North Korea, which has launched 21 ballistic missiles and claims to have successfully detonated two nuclear warheads this year alone.
"This series of launches of missiles and a detonation of a warhead does change the landscape completely," 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 vowed that Japan, which is currently serving a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, will lead the council's work to adress the issue of North Korea.
"Now is the time for the Security Council to indicate an unmistakableattitude towards this threat of a new dimension," he said.