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May condemns North Korea weapons tests
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May condemns North Korea weapons tests

30/08/17Defence

Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK will “redouble” its efforts to restrict North Korea’s “outrageous” weapons testing regime, but urged China to exert its influence over Pyongyang.

Speaking as she travelled to Japan for a visit, she accused North Korea of “significant actions of provocation”.

Japan is preoccupied with addressing the fallout from North Korea’s missile test over its northern Hokkaido island.

Arriving in Kyoto shortly before 14:00 JST (07:00 CEST), May insisted North Korea’s weapons testing programme was illegal.

She said: “We will be redoubling our efforts with our international partners to put pressure on North Korea to stop these illegal activities.”

May said the UK was involved in “discussions about further sanctions” and looking at “the sort of change that China can bring”.

She said China had “a key role to play” and urged Beijing to do “everything it can” to exert pressure on North Korea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe called the missile launch an “unprecedented” threat to his country, while US President Donald Trump said it was an act of “contempt”.

Abe and Japan’s Emperor Akihito are expected to greet May when she arrives in Tokyo for the three-day trip.

The PM is accompanied on the trip by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and a delegation of business leaders drawn from a range of sectors.

Pan European Networks Ltd