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Japan to Expand Sanctions on North Korea Over Missile Tests

19 October 2022 00:57

The Japanese government announced an expansion of sanctions on North Korea freezing the assets of five organizations it said were involved in nuclear and missile development. The measures were approved by Japan's cabinet on Tuesday, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters in Tokyo.

He said the decision had been taken as a further measure against North Korea for the purpose of comprehensively resolving outstanding issues, such as abductions, nuclear weapons, and missiles.

In recent weeks, North Korea has launched a series of missiles including a ballistic missile that flew over Japan. Matsuno said the launches posed a serious and imminent threat to Japan's security. He urged North Korea to take concrete actions to address Japan's concerns.