British PM says China should increase pressure on North Korea

"I believe that China should be using its leverage with North Korea to ensure that [it] stops these illegal tests", the Prime Minister told Sky News in Kyoto on Wednesday.

We have also requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

China's foreign minister says Beijing is working with other members of the UN Security Council on a response to the latest missile launch but did not specify whether a fresh set of sanctions is looming. The Japanese prime minister also said he would ask the United Nations to up the pressure on Pyongyang.

"What I want to do is work with our global partners and I will have obviously have the opportunity in Japan to talk to [Japanese] Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe about these tests that North Korea have been carrying out, and how we can work together, and with others internationally, to put pressure on North Korea to stop". We want to continue to bring pressure on North Korea.

On Thursday, May was to address Japan's national security council, where she is due to announce what is billed as an era over closer cooperation over security matters, in part prompted by North Korea.

Japan's foreign ministry said Abe is expected to ask May to maintain transparency and predictability regarding Brexit so that any impact on corporate activity will be minimized - echoing concerns Abe expressed in April about a Brexit cliff-edge.

The Government says the United Kingdom is seeking to "cement its position as Japan's strongest security partner in Europe".

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Britain's freedom to forge new trade deals independently of the European Union - as a result of Brexit - has been championed by Westminster, but businesses have frequently expressed trepidation about how existing trade relationships will work after leaving the EU.

It is notable that the relatively small delegation only includes one bank, Barclays Capital, and one vehicle manufacturer, Aston Martin.

Japan has been unusually outspoken about its concerns that Britain's departure from the European Union, which was decided by a public vote in 2016, could affect current and future Japanese investments in Britain.

"I'm not a quitter", May said in an interview with ITV News during a visit to Japan.

More than 1,000 Japanese companies do business in Britain, employing some 1,40,000 local people with many using Britain as as a staging post to do business in Europe.

"You know, even contemplating an idea of new sanctions while we have just adopted the resolution on August 5, devalues the idea itself".

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