China must ‘pressure’ North Korea over weapons tests – May

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Theresa May has said China obligation do more to help end North Korea’s “illegal and provocative” weapons check.

On a visit to Japan, the prime minister welcomed UN condemnation of Pyongyang and estimated the UK was looking at ways of exerting further pressure on the North Korean reign, including from China.

Mrs May is also aiming to allay Japan’s houses over Brexit and drum up trade.

She said Japanese firms persist in to make “important” investments in the UK as EU withdrawal was being negotiated.

She hailed British carmaker Aston Martin’s finding to invest £500m in Japan as a sign of the strength of the two countries’ economic partnership.

The indulgence brand announced on Wednesday it would significantly step up its exports to Japan, roomy a number of new offices next year and expand its dealer network.

Japan is distracted with the issue of North Korea’s missile test over its northern Hokkaido eyot.

Speaking to the BBC after arriving for a three day visit, Mrs May urged China to employ its influence over Pyongyang.

“I want to work with other foreign partners to do what we all want to do which is to stop North Korea from managing these illegal activities,” she said.

“These are illegal tests. It is shameful, it is provocative and they should be stopped.”

The UK was working to see what “further intimidate” could be brought on North Korea, including extending sanctions, and the capacity that China could play in facilitating such action.

But enquire ofed about the comments, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said the converge should be on de-escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula and “just chanting more sanctions” was not the answer.

‘Unprecedented threat’

Meeting late on Tuesday in New York, the Combined Nations Security Council called the launch “outrageous”, demanding North Korea terminate all missile testing.

But North Korea has signalled plans for more launches, hint ating its firing of a missile over Japan was “the first step” of military manoeuvres in the Pacific.

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Mr Abe greeted his counterpart when she arrived in Kyoto before the two leaders advanced to a teahouse for a traditional tea-drinking ceremony, followed by a formal dinner at the Kyoto Royal Guest House.

They then took the bullet train to Tokyo, where formal talks inclination take place on Thursday.

Downing Street said the two leaders had reviewed the Brexit process to date and the UK’s position on key issues.

Mrs May, who is being accompanied on the falter trap by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and a delegation of business leaders worn out from a range of sectors, told her counterpart that the UK saw Japan’s broached free trade deal with the EU as a “good basis” for the beginning of a time to come UK trading agreement with Japan.

The UK is unable to sign any bilateral behaves until it has left the EU in 2019.

‘Longstanding partner’

Japan has been forthright in trueing concerns about Brexit’s impact on its UK-based firms, which use about 140,000 people.

Mr Abe will be seeking assurances from Theresa May close to what kind of relationship the UK will have with the EU post-Brexit and that this transfer not be detrimental to Japanese businesses with bases in the UK.

Although the UK would be excluding the single market, Mrs May told journalists she had also made clear she yearning to minimise disruption for foreign investors by putting in place transitional covenants to ensure a “smooth path” after the UK leaves in 2019.

She added: “Japan is a longstanding collaborator of the UK with significant investments in the UK. We have seen Softbank, Toyota venturing in the UK since the EU referendum took place.”

“These are important developments for our frugality and relationship with Japan.”

A special adviser to Mr Abe, Tomohiko Taniguchi, know scolded BBC Radio 4’s Today there was uneasiness about Brexit within the Japanese issue community but talk of a crisis in relations was over-stated as Japanese firms had an “ingrained preference” for doing business in Britain.

Nomura bank, Hitachi and carmakers Honda, Nissan and Toyota all drink bases in the UK.

Earlier this year, Nissan said it would build two new versions – the new Qashqai and X-Trail – at its Sunderland plant after the government promised that competitiveness desire not be damaged by EU withdrawal.

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