May, Abe pledge to increase pressure on North Korea

"We condemn North Korea in the strongest words possible for a reckless act which was a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions", May told a press briefing during an official visit to Japan.

Also, despite several leading Conservatives thought to be eyeing her job, none appears willing to step in now when Britain is engaged in hard talks to leave the European Union, which officials say are making little or no progress.

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. "That's why will be working with our worldwide partners, as we have done previously, but we will be re-doubling our efforts with our global partners to put pressure on North Korea to stop these illegal activities".

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 worldwide efforts to prevent what she described as significant provocation by Pyongyang.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted she would lead the Conservative Party into the next general election, in interviews broadcast Thursday.

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The British Prime Minister has urged China do more to help put a stop to North Korea's weapons testing. "There are few places where the opportunities of doing so are greater than Japan, the third-largest economy in the world", she said.

But she added: "I think it's going to be hard for Theresa May to lead us into the next general election".

Before the meeting, May described Japan as "the UK's closest security partner in Asia" and a "like-minded partner".

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The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously condemned North Korea over the launch of the missile, which flew over Japanese territory before crashing into the Pacific, but it stopped short of issuing fresh punitive measures against the regime. Kim Jong Un's regime first threatened to attack the United States island territory after President Donald Trump threatened to respond to North Korea's threats with "fire and fury".

She and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera met on the Izumo at a naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo.

May arrived in Japan on Wednesday on a three-day official visit to the country, marked by the escalated North Korean threat.

Both countries also vowed to cooperate in the development of defence equipment and technology, the fight against terror and the field of cybersecurity.

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