Theresa May attended Japan’s top security meeting

Vastavam web:  British Prime Minister Theresa May attended Japan’s top security meeting today, as the two countries vowed to work together to confront nuclear-armed North Korea over its firing of a missile over the Asian nation.May, who is in Japan on an official visit, is reportedly only the second foreign leader to attend a meeting of the National Security Council after Australia’s then-prime minister Tony Abbott in 2014.The Council, which was created at the end of 2013, consists of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and key ministers.”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 described Japan as “the UK’s closest security partner in Asia” and a “like-minded partner”.”We must work together to enhance our collective response to the threats to the international order and global peace and security,” she said.The UN Security Council on Tuesdayunanimously condemned North Korea over the launch of the missile, which flew over Japanese territory before crashing into the Pacific.Early today, May visited a naval base on the outskirts of Tokyo with Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera before attending a business forum and the security meeting.Japan’s defence ministry on Thursday said it would request its largest-ever annual budget to beef up its missile defence systems.May arrived in Japan yesterday with an eye to soothing Brexit fears and pushing ahead on early free-trade talks with the world’s number three economy.