Theresa May threatens more sanctions against North Korea

Theresa May threatens more sanctions against North Korea

"The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years", he wrote.

Arriving for a visit to Japan, British prime minister Theresa May called on China to put more pressure on North Korea, saying that Beijing had a key role in the global response to Pyongyang's "reckless provocation".

Just the day before, North Korea launched a missile the passed over the country's northern island of Hokkaido, which Prime Minister Abe labelled "an unprecedented, grave, and serious threat" to regional security. "And, their destabilising actions will be met accordingly", US General Terrence J O'Shaughnessy, the commander of Pacific Air Forces, said during an unscheduled visit to Japan. "Our forward deployed force will be the first to the fight, ready to deliver a lethal response at a moment's notice if our nation calls".

The launch also drew a strong rebuke from United States president Donald Trump who again warned that "all options are on the table" to act against North Korea.

US President Donald Trump also said "all options" are on the table regarding North Korea, ratcheting up his war of words against the Asian nation.

It was the fourth missile North Korea fired in four days - Pyongyang tested three short-range ballistic missiles, one of which failed, from Kangwon province that landed in water off the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea's open development of warheads that could threaten the USA have led to an increasingly strained relationship between Washington and Pyongyang - two capitals that had anything but a good relationship before.

"I think what I have made clear is what the United Kingdom is looking at and what the United Kingdom doing and that is looking at pressure on North Korea, which is discussions about further sanctions and it's about the sort of change that China can bring".

Mr Trump has since then made clear that he is at least considering a military response to North Korea's missiles, however it is uncertain if there is strong support for action like that in his administration.

Experts say Kim wants a real nuclear deterrent against the United States to ensure the survival of his government and probably believes that it will strengthen his negotiating position when North Korea returns to talks.

An American travel ban on North Korea will come into effect Friday.

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