Friday, 16 November, 2018

Theresa May flies into North Korean warzone as defiant United Kingdom hits back

Theresa May flies into North Korean warzone as defiant United Kingdom hits back Theresa May flies into North Korean warzone as defiant United Kingdom hits back
Ellis Copeland | 03 September, 2017, 14:20

UK Prime Minister Theresa May called on China to increase efforts to end North Korea's "illegal and provocative" weapons testing during a visit to Japan, the BBC reported.

May arrived in Japan on Wednesday morning in the midst of an escalating crisis over Pyongyang's latest missile launch and will have discussions with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about what can be done.

"It gives me the opportunity to sit down with Prime Minister Abe over the next few days to discuss the action that North Korea has taken".

Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson boasted about Japan-UK investment when he visited this summer, but local firms will be looking for solid assurances from May, who is travelling with a business delegation.

On an official visit to Nigeria, he said Mrs May was "ideally placed" to deliver Brexit and he was "here to support her".

The Japanese side appears to be seeking measures that include an oil embargo against North Korea as additional U.N. Security Council sanctions.

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Vice President Mike Pence toured damage in Rockport, Texas, on Thursday. "It looks like around about 100,000 affected homes". On Tuesday, the President's campaign asked supporters to donate to charities involved in the Texas recovery effort .


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Japan Defense Ministry seeks record-high budget amid N. Korea threat
Seoul's government is ready to take "every measure needed" to protect its citizens, the ministry said in a statement. Some experts believe the next North Korean launches will be bolder unless Washington makes serious concessions.


Lavrov told Tillerson that any USA military action against North Korea would be "fraught with unpredictable consequences", the Russian ministry said.

Crucial agreements with Japan on issues such as nuclear power, customs breaches and cutting red tape for businesses could be lost when Britain leaves the European Union, research by the Open Britain campaign has shown.

"It is about getting the Brexit deal right, it is about building that deep and special partnership with the European Union but it is also about building global Britain, trading around the world", she said.

Business leaders from Japan, the world's third-largest economy, are carefully tracking global trade trends to decide if they want to remain invested in the United Kingdom, said Heizo Takenaka, a former Japanese minister of state for economic and fiscal policy.

May removed her shoes to participate in the tea ceremony at the Omotesenke tea house in Kyoto, where she was greeted by Abe.

Amid the diplomatic noises, it remains to be seen whether the prime minister's visit has provided the reassurance that the Japanese are seeking.
Tokyo's expressed its concern about Brexit's impact on its UK-based firms, which employ around 140,000 people.

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