Brexit-wary Japan executives to talk with United Kingdom trade chief

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.

The U.K. can not officially negotiate bilateral trade deals until the country departs the bloc in 2019.

Asked what the point was of a copycat deal, May said this could be a starting point, with the arrangements amended as needed after Brexit took effect.

In early July, Japan and the European Union reached a political agreement over a wide-ranging free trade deal, which will cover a market of 638 million people, about 28% of the global economy. "But rather than jet-setting round the globe, Liam Fox might as well be left in a room with a photocopier".

She will attempt to reassure Japanese businesses that the United Kingdom will not fall off a cliff edge when it quits the EU. "We must focus on what our future relationship with the European Union is going to be, ensuring that we can get that trade deal right and also that we can form new trade deals around the rest of the world", she said.

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"With the participation of Theresa, I will look forward to having a discussion on the way forward of how we can strongly and aggressively advance our security cooperation", he added.

May is spending three days in Kyoto and Tokyo, including a series of talks with Abe, an audience with Emperor Akihito, and a speech to the UK-Japan trade conference.

On Tuesday morning local time, North Korea launched a missile that passed over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, which Prime Minister Abe labelled "an unprecedented, grave, and serious threat" to regional security.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on China to put more pressure on North Korea to stop missile tests, saying Beijing has a key role to play in global efforts to prevent what she described as significant provocation by Pyongyang.

The two prime ministers and their interpreters sat on a low bench behind the table, while a master of ceremonies and his two assistants opposite prepared the tea, drunk out of traditional low cups.

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