Theresa May has refused to rule out military action against North Korea
Aug 31 2017
May's spokeswoman said the prime minister would reiterate Britain's position that it is seeking to agree a time-limited Brexit transition period after March 2019 to avoid a sudden change in trading and regulatory conditions for businesses.
The Prime Minister refused to rule out future British military action against North Korea or cyber warfare after being quizzed by reporters four times on the issue.
Apart from economy dominating the agenda, Abe and May are expected to discuss the latest weapons tests of North Korea, with the latest missile flying over Japanese territory on Tuesday that has fuelled tension in the region. "We would encourage China to do everything it can to bring pressure on North Korea to stop this".
"I think what I have made clear is what the United Kingdom is looking at and what the United Kingdom doing and that is looking at pressure on North Korea, which is discussions about further sanctions and it's about the sort of change that China can bring".
We have also requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
"They agreed on the need to increase the pressure on North Korea to an extreme level to make North Korea voluntarily come out to the dialogue table", Park Soo-hyun, spokesman for South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, said in a press briefing.
"The best scenario for us is that Britain cancels its Brexit decision", said Ichiro Hara, head of the worldwide affairs bureau at Japan's top business lobby Keidanren.
Mrs May said Britain would be "participating fully" in UN Security Council talks on the issue, which would be having 'discussions about certain sanctions'. We want to continue to bring pressure on North Korea.
May is scheduled to sit down with Toyota's chairman during her three-day tour which starts in Osaka before moving to Tokyo where she will meet with Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who visited Britain this year.
Mrs May described the three-day visit, which will focus on security and trade, as a "really important trip".
Speaking ahead of her arrival, May said she wanted to use her talks with Abe to push progress on an ongoing Japan-EU trade agreement. They are our closest partner in Asia. This is a great honour.
Mrs May will take part in a tea ceremony with the Japanese prime minister in Kyoto, before joining him on the bullet train to Tokyo, where she will spend the rest of the visit.
Moon also "expressed deep sympathy and consolation over the anxieties and threats that the Japanese people feel due to North Korea's missile provocation".