The Japanese cabinet approved additional sanctions against North Korea on Friday following its recent launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Japan will freeze the assets of five organizations and nine individuals linked to North Korea, including two Chinese entities.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that the steps were necessary due to the increasing threat that North Korea’s missiles pose. There were also no concrete proposals made to resolve the issue of the Japanese abducted decades ago by North Korean agents.
“Given that we can’t expect meaningful dialogue, increasing pressure on them is essential,” Kishida said.
Japan’s announcement came just hours after the U.S. Senate also voted for new sanctions on North Korea.
Japan’s top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, said the measure is part of Japan’s efforts to resolve issues with North Korea.
“There has been an uptick in (North Korea’s) nuclear and missile activity, while no concrete moves for resolving the issue of abductions (of Japanese nationals by Pyongyang) have been shown,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said.
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