United Kingdom and Japan to push for new UN resolution on North Korea

RED BOX | ANALYSISAugust 29 2017 9:00am The Times Japan goes on defensive over Brexitnew Matt Chorley Red Box Editor

"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. "I think they are a key player in this".

In London, the Foreign Office summoned North Korea's ambassador Choe Il for a meeting with Asia Minister Mark Field to underscore the UK's position on the missile programme.

"There's obviously a number of trade deals that the European Union has with other countries, and we are looking at the possibility of those being able to be brought over into, certainly initially, trade deals with the United Kingdom", May told reporters on her way to Japan for meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "We would encourage China to do everything it can to bring pressure on North Korea to stop this".

Security and defence was always due to be high on the agenda during the Mrs May's three-day trip to Japan, but recent events have added urgency to the talks. "What Japanese businesses and other businesses have asked us to look at is this issue of the certainty going forward of not having a cliff edge".

The two leaders also vowed to call for tighter sanctions by the United Nations Security Council. May will lead a 15-strong business delegation, including Standard Life Investment chief executive Keith Skeoch, and carmaker Aston Martin's CEO Andy Palmer, pitching Britain and Japan as the "perfect partners for the future".She will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Kyoto before traveling to Tokyo for an investment conference and banquet.

May also told Abe that Britain was pushing for the completion of an EU-Japan trade deal, which could then be used as a model for a future British-Japanese trading agreement.

Yoshiji Nogami, president of Japan Institute of global affairs, told the Financial Times: "We can't negotiate until Britain is out of the EU".

Last year, the Japanese government released a 15-page document calling for assurances over trade tariffs for its UK-based firms that now trade within the EU.

Some 140,000 people are employed in the United Kingdom by Japanese companies and their bosses are anxious about how Brexit may affect their future business prospects.

President Moon said the missile launch through Japanese airspace went beyond a provocation and was an "outrageous violence" against a neighboring country.

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