Japan, Britain agree to enhance economic cooperation

01 September, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Chad Mckenzie

Tokyo and London also pledged to work with the global community to strictly implement the United Nations Security Council's sanctions on North Korea with a view to bring about its denuclearization, according to the statement.

Her comments come after a North Korean missile was sacked over north Japan, before crashing into the sea.

Prime Minister Theresa May says they are not ruling out cyber warfare or military action at this point.

The source added the leaders wanted to increase the effectiveness of the current sanctions by helping others to implement them.

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Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo during her visit to Japan, Mrs May said: "Announced earlier this month, our intention is that the United Kingdom will be free to sign new bilateral trade agreements with partners around the world in any interim Brexit period, and we have agreed here today that we want to see a swift conclusion of the ambitious EU-Japan economic partnership agreement".

She and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera met on the Izumo at a naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo.

"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.

The British Prime Minister was speaking in Japan during a trade visit and called the most recent missile test over Japan "illegal and provocative". The Council, which was created at the end of 2013, consists of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and key ministers.

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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.

Critics back home have accused the PM of pursuing a "cut and paste" Brexit after saying she wanted to use the trade deal being finalised between the European Union and Japan as the starting point for a future agreement with Britain.

"And by the visit today it gives a sign of the growing cooperation and partnership that we have on defence". On Thursday, May will visit a Japanese warship and address the country's national security council as well as the trade event, before seeing Akihito on Friday.

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