UK, Japan urge Chinese pressure on North Korea


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.

"China has a key role to play here in terms of the pressure they can bring on North Korea", May said Tuesday after Pyongyang sent a missile cruising over the north of Japan which she will pay a visit to soon.

US President Donald Trump also said "all options" are on the table regarding North Korea, ratcheting up his war of words against the Asian nation.

The British leader said she and Abe had agreed to work with others to step up pressure on North Korea, including a speeding-up of the implementation of sanctions. "We would encourage China to do everything it can to bring pressure on North Korea to stop this".

May's comments come after she attended Japan's top security meeting Thursday, reportedly only the second foreign leader to attend a meeting of the National Security Council after Australia's then-prime minister Tony Abbott in 2014.

The Prime Minister refused to rule out future British military action against North Korea or cyber warfare after being quizzed by reporters four times on the issue.

"Beijing does not need London to teach it how to deal with North Korea", the newspaper said.

"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.

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Britain wants new United Nations sanctions against North Korea that would target guest workers sent mostly to Russian Federation and China, and whose wages are a source of revenue for Pyongyang.

Apart from security, May's trip has focused on trade and investment.

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Earlier this year, Britain and Japan signed a defence logistics treaty that allows both country's forces to share equipment, facilities and services.

On Brexit, May said she is seeking to lay the foundation to take the trade and investment relationship with Japan to "a whole new level" as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

May said on Wednesday Japan's upcoming trade deal with the European Union could offer a template for a future Japan-Britain trade agreement, the latest attempt to show investors that Brexit will not lead to an overnight change in business conditions.

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