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Government extends sanctions on North Korea for 2 years

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government on Friday extended two of its own sanctions against North Korea, a total trade embargo and a ban on port calls, for two years. The two sanctions were to expire next Thursday.

The decision reflected escalated provocations by the reclusive country and the current stalemate over the issue of Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago. North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday.

“We will strictly implement these measures while, under the principle of ‘dialogue and pressure, and action for action,’ doing our best to achieve a comprehensive solution to the abduction, nuclear and missile issues,” Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida stressed at a news conference.

Japan began to independently impose sanctions against North Korea in 2006 and has since extended and toughened them.

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