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Japan adopts additional sanctions on N. Korea

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government approved at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday additional sanction measures it will impose on its own against North Korea, freezing the assets of 35 organizations and individuals linked to the country.

By expanding the scope of its unilateral sanctions, Japan is aiming to cut off financial sources for research and development activities or inflows of materials that may assist Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development, officials said.

Under the new sanctions, Japan will freeze the assets of nine North Korean organizations and 26 individuals.

“It includes North Korean groups and individuals with addresses registered in China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Libya,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference the same day.

In total, 84 organizations and 108 individuals are now subject to the asset freeze by Japan.

The fresh sanctions will be imposed “from the viewpoint of further boosting pressure on North Korea on the basis of Japan-U.S. unity,” Suga said, citing as reasons North Korea’s nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches over Japan, as well as the lack of progress in efforts to resolve the issue of Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals.

“We strongly demand that North Korea take concrete actions,” Suga said.

On Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed at their talks in Tokyo that the two nations will put maximum pressure on the reclusive state to make it change its policy.

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