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Japan's Abe, May pledge cooperation on North Korea threat
August 31, 2017 / 6:45 AM / 4 months ago

Japan's Abe, May pledge cooperation on North Korea threat

TOKYO (Reuters) - The leaders of Japan and Britain pledged on Thursday to cooperate in countering the threat posed by North Korea, two days after it fired a missile over northern Japan.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (on the podium L), flanked by Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, reviews the honour guard with as she inspects Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)'s biggest warship Izumo at JMSDF Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo August 31, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

“North Korea’s reckless action is a threat” to Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his National Security Council. “Japan and Britain will cooperate to counter this.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May, attending the meeting during a visit to Japan, said: “Through our deepened security partnership, we must work together to enhance our collective response to the threats to international order and global peace and stability. And that must include confronting the threat that North Korea poses and ensuring that this regime in North Korea stops its aggressive acts.”

Reporting by Takashi Umekawa; Writing by William Mallard

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