Japan, Britain agree to enhance economic cooperation

British Prime Minister Theresa May poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon her arrival for a Japan-UK dinner at the Kyoto State Guest House in Kyoto, Japan, 30 August, 2017.

"You're right, I said I wasn't a quitter, and there's a long-term job to do, there's an important job to be done in the United Kingdom", she said. A news release from her office said the delegation would showcase "the shared confidence in the U.K. -Japan economic relationship as we leave the European Union, and the potential for future growth".

We are very clear that the actions of North Korea are illegal.

Britain wants new United Nations sanctions against North Korea that would target guest workers sent mostly to Russian Federation and China, and whose wages are a source of revenue for Pyongyang.

"These are illegal tests, we strongly condemn them and we will be working with Japan and other global partners to ensure that pressure is put on North Korea to stop this illegal action".

May pointed to the key role China plays as the North's chief ally.

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Abe told a joint press conference after his meeting with May that he has asked the British side to ensure "transparency and predictability" of the transition to minimize the impacts of the "Brexit" on Japanese companies in Britain and that May gave him an encouraging answer.

Labour's Jon Trickett added: "The Prime Minister is deluding herself".

Mrs May said: "I'm in this for the long term because there's a long-term challenge for the UK".

May described Japan as "the UK's closest security partner in Asia" and a "like-minded partner". Kim Jong Un's regime first threatened to attack the USA island territory after President Donald Trump threatened to respond to North Korea's threats with "fire and fury".

She and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera met on the Izumo at a naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. In terms of what's we're doing, we're looking to work with our partners.

Theresa May was speaking in Japan during a trade visit and called the most recent missile test over Japan "illegal and provocative". May arrived in Japan Wednesday with an eye to soothing Brexit fears and pushing ahead on early free-trade talks with the world's number three economy. Earlier this year, Britain and Japan signed a defence logistics treaty that allows both country's forces to share equipment, facilities and services.

  • Rogelio Becker