Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Theresa May threatens more sanctions against North Korea

Theresa May threatens more sanctions against North Korea

"There's obviously a number of trade deals that the European Union has with other countries, and we are looking at the possibility of those being able to be brought over into, certainly initially, trade deals with the United Kingdom", May told reporters on her way to Japan for meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

I think they are a key player in this.

Tokyo, Aug 31 British Prime Minister Theresa May attended Japan's top security meeting today, as the two countries vowed to work together to confront nuclear-armed North Korea over its firing of a missile over the Asian nation.

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.

During her visit to Japan, May has also spoke separately about the North Korean issue in the wake of Tuesday's missile launch, urging China needs to further curb the DPRK's illegal activties. "They have leverage on North Korea, and I believe we should be encouraging China to exercise that leverage".

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"In response to this illegal action, Japan and the United Kingdom agree to work together to counter this threat, and to work with others in the global community to strengthen pressure against North Korea, including by increasing the pace of sanctions implementation and working towards the adoption of a new and effective resolution at the UNSC", it added. The Council, which was created at the end of 2013, consists of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and key ministers.

The Government says the United Kingdom is seeking to "cement its position as Japan's strongest security partner in Europe". "What we're doing is working with our worldwide partners", she said.

BEIJING―China condemned the "destructive" calls for new sanctions on North Korea Thursday, warning Japan, the USA and Britain that diplomacy was needed to avert the crisis days after nuclear-armed Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan. In terms of what's we're doing, we're looking to work with our partners.

Mr Abe said the launch of the missile which flew over Japan was "outrageous", adding: "This is an unprecedented serious and grave threat". Earlier this year, Britain and Japan signed a defence logistics treaty that allows both country's forces to share equipment, facilities and services.

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