Theresa May threatens more sanctions against North Korea

Theresa May threatens more sanctions against North Korea

Kerry Wise
September 1, 2017

"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.

The Prime Minister also would not rule out military force on the Korean Peninsula but said the focus of global action should be intense economic and diplomatic pressure.

North Korea is expected to feature heavily in the talks after it launched a ballistic missile on Tuesday that passed over Japanese territory, prompting worldwide condemnation. He said that he and May had agreed to strengthen worldwide pressure on North Korea, including seeking a greater Chinese role.

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

"I think it's going to be hard for Theresa May to lead us into the next general election".

Earlier Thursday, Beijing slammed a report that suggested the US, Japan and Britain were planning fresh punitive measures against the North, saying calls for sanctions were "destructive" and that those measures alone "cannot fundamentally resolve the issue".

She will take part in a UK-Japan business forum as concerns mount among Japanese ministers about Brexit.

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Japanese corporate executives are looking to get a clearer sense of the U.K.'s plans for its exit from the European Union as well as its potential impact on business in a meeting with British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox here on Thursday.

May described Japan as "the UK's closest security partner in Asia" and a "like-minded partner".

North Korea on Tuesday fired a Hwasong-12 missile - reportedly capable of carrying a nuclear payload - that traveled almost 2,700 kilometers into the Pacific and triggered alert warnings as it flew over northern Japan.

"Yes. I'm here for the long term and it's crucial, what me and my government are about is not just delivering on Brexit, we are delivering a brighter future for the United Kingdom". "That must include confronting the threat that North Korea poses and ensuring that this regime in North Korea stops its aggressive acts".

She and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera met on the Izumo at a naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. May arrived in Japan Wednesday with an eye to soothing Brexit fears and pushing ahead on early free-trade talks with the world's number three economy.

She will hold a joint press conference with Abe today evening and meet Emperor Akihito on Friday before leaving.

Both countries also vowed to cooperate in the development of defence equipment and technology, the fight against terror and the field of cybersecurity.