August 31, 2017 / 11:52 AM / a year ago

Britain, Japan discuss possible new U.N. resolution against North Korea -source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Britain and Japan discussed the possibility of adopting a new U.N. Security Council resolution over North Korea, a British government source said on Thursday, after North Korea fired a missile over Japan this week.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is greeted by her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe prior to a meeting at Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo, Japan August 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool

The 15-member U.N. Security Council on Tuesday condemned the firing of an intermediate range ballistic missile over Japan as “outrageous” and demanded that North Korea halt its weapons programme, but the U.S.-drafted statement did not threaten new sanctions.

“Talks (were) about working together more and things like perhaps adopting a new resolution at UNSC (Security Council), perhaps stepping up sanctions,” the source said, refering to discussions between the prime ministers of Japan and Britain on Thursday.

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

Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by William Schomberg

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