After North Korea missile, Britain and Japan agree closer security ties

After North Korea missile, Britain and Japan agree closer security ties

After North Korea missile, Britain and Japan agree closer security ties

Number 10 said the Prime Minister and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will "explore" fresh sanctions against Kim Jong Un's regime in a second day of talks on Thursday.

We have also requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

"[Both] agreed to push ahead with a UN Security Council sanctions resolution which includes more concrete and efficient measures against the North and to put efforts together to secure the cooperation from China and Russia", Park said, citing Seoul and Tokyo's "unprecedented coordination".

However, the prime minister faced a rebuff from China over her call for North Korea's neighbour and sometime ally to exert more pressure on Pyongyang, with the foreign ministry in Beijing calling such attitudes hypocritical. She added: "We would encourage China to do everything it can".

'I'm pleased that I am going to be able to spend a significant amount of time with Prime Minister Abe.

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.

He said "the launch of the medium-long range ballistic missile that passed over Japan's sky was a violent act against a neighboring country beyond provocation", Park told media.

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The Government says the United Kingdom is seeking to "cement its position as Japan's strongest security partner in Europe".

But analysts said there would not likely be much progress until Japan and the European Union wrap up a nearly-finalised trade deal, and details of Brexit are worked out.

It is notable that the relatively small delegation only includes one bank, Barclays Capital, and one auto manufacturer, Aston Martin.

Speaking on the first day of a three-day diplomatic trip to Japan, Mrs May said she was aware of the rumours that she could be replaced as the leader of the Conservative Party.

Approximately 1,000 Japanese companies operate in Britain, employing around 160,000 people, and Japan Business Federation Keidanren has expressed fears that Brexit will have a huge negative impact on their activities.

The PM wants to use the trade agreement being finalised between the European Union and Japan as the basis for a future pact with the Britain.

Barry Gardiner, shadow secretary of state for global trade, said: "Whilst Theresa May is desperately trying to spin this visit as scoping out a future bilateral trade and investment agreement; the reality is that the Government is spooked by the fact that Japanese banks like Nomura have already announced their intention to relocate their European HQ to Frankfurt".

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