August 29, 2017 / 10:38 AM / 10 months ago

PM May outraged by North Korean missile test 'reckless provocation'

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is outraged by North Korea’s “reckless provocation” in carrying out missile tests, her spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May tours the Alexander Dennis bus and coach manufacturers factory in Guildford, Britain August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jack Taylor/Pool

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea early on Tuesday, prompting warnings to residents to take cover and drawing a sharp reaction from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“The prime minister is outraged by North Korea’s reckless provocation and she strongly condemns these illegal tests. From our perspective we will need to continue to work with our international partners to keep the pressure on North Korea,” the spokeswoman told reporters.

May is travelling to Japan later on Tuesday and will have talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Writing by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Kate Holton

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