May : British PM says no plans to quit

01 September, 2017, 01:45 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • A woman walks past a large TV screen showing news about North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo Japan

The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously condemned North Korea over the launch of the missile, which flew over Japanese territory before crashing into the Pacific.

Speaking in Japan, Mrs May insisted she was "not a quitter" and would still be Prime Minister at the next election, which is scheduled for 2022. "They have leverage on North Korea, and I believe we should be encouraging China to exercise that leverage". "Japan and Britain will cooperate to counter this".

The US and Japan also plan to call for an global ban on oil exports to North Korea in a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting next Tuesday, Japan's Nikkei Asian Review reported.

The Prime Minister has used her trip to push the message she wants her premiership to stand for more than Brexit.

"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.

The two leaders are expected to discuss the possibility of further sanctions on North Korea, May's office said.

Tokyo, Aug 31 British Prime Minister Theresa May attended Japan's top security meeting today, as the two countries vowed to work together to confront nuclear-armed North Korea over its firing of a missile over the Asian nation. In July, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that sanctions against North Korea were "needed" but "not the final goal".

A government spokesperson told Sky News: "We feel that's a pretty good basis".

Pressed to rule out stepping down before the next election, due in 2022, she replied: "I'm not a quitter".

A delegation of British business leaders is accompanying May.

"The U.K.'s departure from the European Union has to be successful", Abe said.

"The long term is the hard one for Theresa May, I don't think she has got a long term".

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.

The British leader said it is a formative period in shaping the future of her country, and that there are few places where the opportunities to deepen trade relations are greater than Japan.

Japan has been unusually open about its concerns over Brexit, worrying that 40 billion pounds ($51.68 billion) of Japanese investment in the British economy could suffer if trading conditions change abruptly when Britain leaves the bloc.



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