China must put pressure on North Korea, says Theresa May

Frederick Owens
September 1, 2017

May also strongly condemned the launch.Japan's foreign ministry said the two leaders are expected to agree on the importance of China's role in ramping up pressure on North Korea.BREXIT EFFECTJapan has been unusually outspoken about its concerns that Britain's departure from the European Union, which was decided by a public vote in 2016, could affect current and future Japanese investments in Britain.Britain is the second most important destination for Japanese investment after the United States, with firms like Nissan, Toyota and Hitachi investing billions in carmaking, energy and transport. "I think they are a key player in this".

The Prime Minister was asked three times whether the United Kingdom would rule out military action or the use cyber warfare capabilities against North Korea - and three times Mrs May dodged the question, insisting that she would continue to work with global partners.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a telephone conversation on Wednesday, agreed to work together to seek stronger UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea.

China has long called for the issue to be resolved through dialogue, but prospects for a diplomatic solution look increasingly dim as North Korea's provocations have been met with escalating rhetoric, particularly from the US. "But crucially, we see China as being the key in this", Theresa May added.

Mrs May's presence in Tokyo comes after Pyongyang launched a missile which flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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The two leaders also vowed to call for tighter sanctions by the United Nations Security Council.

She will try to get an agreement from her Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, for a bilateral deal that can follow Brexit.

Mr Abe will be seeking assurances from Theresa May that Brexit will not be detrimental to Japanese businesses with bases in the UK. Kim Jong Un's regime first threatened to attack the USA island territory after President Donald Trump threatened to respond to North Korea's threats with "fire and fury".

Barry Gardiner, shadow secretary of state for worldwide 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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