UK, Japan to hike 'pace of sanctions' against N. Korea: May

01 September, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Joy Garcia
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The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously condemned North Korea over the launch of the missile, which flew over Japanese territory before crashing into the Pacific, but it stopped short of issuing fresh punitive measures against the regime.

On a visit to Japan, May also said Britain and the European Union must focus on their future relationship, "ensuring we can get that trade deal right and also that we can form new trade deals around the rest of the world".

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on China to put more pressure on North Korea to stop missile tests, saying Beijing has a key role to play in worldwide efforts to prevent what she described as significant provocation by Pyongyang.

Speaking to local reporters in Kyoto, the British prime minister declined the possibility of ruling out military action against North Korea.

During a visit to London by Abe in April, Britain said that Japanese companies had already invested over 40 billion pounds ($52 billion) in the British economy.But Japan is also an important destination for British investment.

"I think what I have made clear is what the United Kingdom is looking at and what the United Kingdom doing and that is looking at pressure on North Korea, which is discussions about further sanctions and it's about the sort of change that China can bring".

"In response to this illegal action, Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe and I had agreed to work together and with others in the global community to strengthen pressure against North Korea including by increasing the pace of sanctions".

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May arrived in Osaka in western Japan on Wednesday afternoon, marking her first visit to Japan since she became prime minister in July past year.

"With the participation of Theresa, I will look forward to having a discussion on the way forward of how we can strongly and aggressively advance our security cooperation", he added.

"It's about the sort of pressure and change that China can bring".

It urged the British government to deal with concerns in a "responsible manner".

The countries are to sign a so-far slightly vague joint declaration on security, covering defence, cyber-security and terrorism.

"We condemn North Korea in the strongest terms possible for this reckless act which was a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions".

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