UK PM May outraged by North Korean missile test 'reckless provocation'

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea early on Tuesday.

FILE: British Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Supplied.

LONDON/WASHINGTON - British Prime Minister Theresa May is outraged by North Korea’s “reckless provocation” in carrying out missile tests, her spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea early on Tuesday, prompting warnings to residents to take cover and drawing a sharp reaction from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“The prime minister is outraged by North Korea’s reckless provocation and she strongly condemns these illegal tests. From our perspective we will need to continue to work with our international partners to keep the pressure on North Korea,” the spokeswoman told reporters.

May is travelling to Japan later on Tuesday and will have talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

ANTONIO GUTERRES CONDEMNS MISSILE LAUNCH

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday condemned North Korea’s missile launch over Japan earlier and called on Pyongyang to comply with international obligations and work toward reopening communications.

“The launch undermines regional security and stability and efforts to create space for dialogue,” a spokeswoman for Guterres said in a statement.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan was “absolutely unacceptable and irresponsible” and that the Security Council now needed to take serious action.

“No country should have missiles flying over them like those 130 million people in Japan. It’s unacceptable,” Haley told reporters. North Korea has “violated every single UN Security Council resolution that we’ve had and so I think something serious has to happen,” she added.

Saying “enough is enough,” Haley said she hoped China and Russia would continue to work with the rest of the UN Security Council when it meets on Tuesday afternoon to discuss what more can be done about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.