JAPAN — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a new position at the United Nations, with the country sending a diplomatic representative to the agency’s office in Geneva.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday the country is sending an ambassador to the Geneva office, which will work closely with the U.N. agency’s political affairs department to improve ties with the North Korean government.
Abe said the new position will help to “raise the profile of Japan in the global community.”
It will be the first time Japan has sent a foreign minister to the United States, the diplomat said, without giving a date.
Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump had been due to meet at the White House on Friday to discuss North Korea, which the U,S.
and others have called a threat to the U.’s security.
U.S.-Japan ties have been strained in recent years.
Abe’s government has blamed North Korea for a series of bombings, kidnappings and abductions in Japan, which Japan says were carried out by North Korean soldiers and operatives.