Tensions between Pyongyang and Japan escalated last month when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fired a ballistic missile which flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the Pacific Ocean. This threatening move prompted sirens to go off and the residents to seek shelter. No attempts to intercept the missile were made before it broke into three and plunged into the Pacific Ocean since there was no danger of the missile landing in Japan.
Two days after the launch, British Prime Minister Teresa May visited Japan to have talks with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. She condemned North Korea’s provocative acts as “an unprecedented grave and serious threat and absolutely cannot be tolerated.” The two leaders also agreed to work together to increase the pressure on Pyongyang.