Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Here's What Theresa May Thinks China Should Do Regarding North Korea Crisis

Here's What Theresa May Thinks China Should Do Regarding North Korea Crisis

At the press conference after the meeting with May, Abe said they had agreed to exert more pressure on North Korea and urged China to play a greater role in the dispute. I think they're a key player in this.

Britain "will be working with our worldwide partners, as we have done previously, but we will be re-doubling our efforts with our global partners to put pressure on North Korea to stop these illegal activities", the prime minister said. "We would encourage China to do everything it can to bring pressure on North Korea to stop this". "But crucially, we see China as being the key in this", Theresa May added.

North Korea launched an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 ballistic rocket that flew over the Japanese island on Hokkaido this week.

Before the meeting, May described Japan as "the UK's closest security partner in Asia" and a "like-minded partner". May joined her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, the ancient Japanese capital, and was due to have dinner with him.

Japan, which is negotiating a trade deal of its own with the European Union, has been forthright in expressing concerns about Brexit's impact on its UK-based firms, which employ about 140,000 people.

A 15-strong delegation of UK business leaders, along with International Trade Secretary Liam Fox are flying out for the visit and will attend the UK Japan business forum in central Tokyo, where the PM will make a speech.

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Japanese officials have signalled that there will be little progress on post-Brexit trade talks but rather more questions over Mrs May's stance on Brexit.

"Once we're outside the European Union, even if we start on the basis of an existing trade deal that a country has with the EU, it will be up to the United Kingdom and that country if we wish to renegotiate and change those terms in the future".

Mr Abe will be seeking assurances from Theresa May that Brexit will not be detrimental to Japanese businesses with bases in the UK. Several Japanese financial institutions have made a decision to set up hubs in Frankfurt and Amsterdam to protect themselves from Brexit.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said sanctions alone "cannot fundamentally resolve the issue", amid reports the three countries were pushing for new restrictions on North Korean oil imports and foreign workers.

"Prime Minister Abe is only saying the same as senior United States negotiators: get your house in order with the EU".

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