May reassures Japan on Brexit; urges China to help on N Korea

Friday, 01 Sep, 2017

She said she will discuss a potential free trade agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at their summit Thursday. "What we're doing is working with our worldwide partners", she said.

"Even if we start on the basis of an existing trade deal that a country has with the European Union, it will be up to the United Kingdom and that country if we wish to renegotiate and change those terms in the future", she said.

"There won't be a leadership election until such time as she resigns and she has made it very clear she is not going to", he said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on China to put more pressure on North Korea to stop missile tests, saying Beijing has a key role to play in global efforts to prevent what she described as significant provocation by Pyongyang.

"They should get behind Theresa May and help her to do a good job in these exceptionally hard circumstances of having to deliver Brexit and keep the economy going at the same time without a majority in the House of Commons".

Theresa May has called on China to deal with the North Korea's "illegal" missile tests.

British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted she would lead the Conservative Party into the next general election, in interviews broadcast Thursday.

May noted that UK Typhoon fighter jets took part in a joint drill in Japan last year, the first country other than the U.S.to do so, and that British troops will join an exercise in Japan next year for the first time.

May described Japan as "the UK's closest security partner in Asia" and a "like-minded partner".

North Korea fired a missile over northern Japan, and security will be a key topic of Theresa May's visit.

"The long term is the hard one for Theresa May, I don't think she has got a long term". "That must include confronting the threat that North Korea poses and ensuring that this regime in North Korea stops its aggressive acts".

North Korean state media on Wednesday warned of more missile flights over Japan, and said Tuesday's launch was a "meaningful prelude to containing Guam". The three-day trip is focusing on Brexit, trade and security issues.

She will hold a joint press conference with Abe today evening and meet Emperor Akihito on Friday before leaving. Earlier this year, Britain and Japan signed a defence logistics treaty that allows both country's forces to share equipment, facilities and services.