Theresa May condemns North Korea missile launch in 'strongest terms possible'


The Japanese government is reportedly persuading the global community to slap additional sanctions, including a ban on North-bound oil exports, in retaliation for its firing of a ballistic missile over Japan in late August.

North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch over Japan was only fired at half its range, according to South Korea's defence ministry, the Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday (Aug 31). "Threats, pressure and insulting and militant rhetoric are a dead end", a statement from his office said.

The warning comes as tensions soar after Pyongyang fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan.

"South Korean and United States air forces conducted an air interdiction exercise in order to strongly cope with North Korea's repeated firing of ballistic missiles and development of nuclear weapons", the South's air force said in a statement.

Kim has also ordered more rocket drills targeting the region, the state media said. Before the missile test over Japan, intelligence had indicated hat the country was capable of producing miniaturised nuclear warheads that could be put in missiles, and North Korea had repeatedly tested long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The UN Security Council called the missile launch "outrageous", demanding North Korea cease all missile testing.

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He said Pyongyang must find the path to negotiations and urged efforts by UN Security Council standing members.

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.

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 worldwide response to Pyongyang's "reckless provocation".

Referring to a plan by Japan and the United States to adopt a new Security Council sanctions resolution that may include a ban on oil exports to North Korea, Kono said there are differences in approach with China and Russian Federation.

Mr Abe said the launch of the missile which flew over Japan was "outrageous", adding: "This is an unprecedented serious and grave threat".

Pyongyang last month carried out two overt ICBM tests that appeared to bring much of the USA mainland within reach for the first time and heightened strains in the region.