Britain's May says Beijing should increase pressure on N. Korea

Lester Mason
September 1, 2017

Donnelly said May will reiterate to Abe that Britain is seeking transitional Brexit arrangements lasting no later than the general election scheduled for 2022 to ensure "that there is certainty for businesses and people".

The request comes amid growing fear about North Korea's missile threat and rising tensions between the US and North Korea.

North Korea, which claims Washington has long threatened it by flaunting the powerful USA nuclear arsenal, describes the long-range B-1Bs as "nuclear strategic bombers" although the United States no longer arms them with nuclear weapons.

Ms May said Japanese investment after Britain's vote to leave the European Union was a vote of confidence and she pledged to build close trade ties with Japan.

The UK 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.

That follows on five straight years of budgetary increases as territorial tensions with China also aggravate Japan's security concerns.

Over a dinner on Wednesday evening that included salted sea cucumber entrails, pike conger soup and lobster sashimi, May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe discussed the North Korean missile test.

May pointed to the key role that China, the North's chief ally, can play in pushing for change.


Asked about the United States, Japan and Britain looking to impose new sanctions on North Korea, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the situation could only be resolved peacefully through dialogue. "North Korea will launch ICBMs again and the range will include nearly the entire region of Europe". Beijing slammed the decision, saying the sanctions "will not help the solution of the problem as well as the mutual trust and cooperation with China".

Mr Abe told reporters the Prime Minister had been forceful in her reassurance about the Brexit process - a sign of Mrs May's upbeat, confident approach, according to the source. "I think what Mr Abe wants to hear from the prime minister is where she hopes to land on Brexit".

May's official meetings with Abe and other Japanese officials are scheduled for today in Tokyo.

It was thought to be another show of force by the country's leader Kim Jong-un and his men as it was the first time in eight years that a North Korean missile flew over Japan.

She announced that dealing with North Korea will be part of her talks during her three-day visit to the country.

He said the Prime Minister should be judged on her performance in the Brexit negotiations but it was "probably the case" that nobody wanted Mrs May to take on Jeremy Corbyn at the ballot box again.

She pledged that Britain would deepen trade relations and become even more outward-looking post-Brexit. May is due to meet Emperor Akihito on Friday before leaving Japan.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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