Japan will assume the presidency of the United Nations Security Council this month.

Amid deepening tensions between major powers over issues such as the cessation of fighting in the Gaza Strip, fierce debate is expected to continue this month in the Security Council, and Japan will be required to take the lead in a difficult situation.

This month, Japan assumed the Presidency of the Security Council, which members serve on a monthly basis, and on the 1st, Ambassador to the United Nations Yamazaki held a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Japan is planning to hold a ministerial meeting on the theme of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation on the 18th of this month as the country's chair, and Ambassador Yamazaki said, ``I believe that the Security Council will fulfill its responsibility to protect the peace and security of the international community.'' We would like to work closely with each country to achieve this goal."

On the other hand, when asked by reporters from various countries about the situation in Gaza, where the focus is on improving the humanitarian situation and stopping fighting, Ambassador Yamazaki answered, ``Israel has the right to protect its own people, but no state should abide by international humanitarian law.'' ``We must abide by this,'' he said, adding that he would discuss a new resolution prepared by the United States for the release of hostages and a temporary ceasefire.

Fierce debate is expected to continue this month in the Security Council over the tense situation in Gaza and Russia's prolonged invasion of Ukraine, and Japan faces a difficult challenge in steering the Security Council, which is said to be dysfunctional due to conflicts between major powers. You will be asked to.