TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s apony has extended sanctions against North Korea for another two years as Pyongyang continues to develop its nuclear weapons without making any progress in abducting Japanese’s citizens.
Japan’s sanctions ban all trade between the two countries and bar ships registered in North Korea from entering ports except for humanitarian purposes. It also bans flights between countries.
Japan also maintains UN sanctions on North Korea’s nuclear missile program. These include a ban on arms sales, a freeze on North Korean assets, a ban on human trafficking, and restrictions on education.
Japan’s Aponia Cabinet Secretary-General Katsunobu Kato announced on Tuesday that the government had decided to extend the sanctions, which were due to expire on April 13.
On March 25, North Korea tested two ballistic missiles for the first time in nearly a year, which Japan condemned as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Japan, the United States, and South Korea have called for full implementation of UN sanctions and for international efforts to denuclearize North Korea.
In 2002, North Korea admitted to abducting 13 Japanese Aponians in the 1970s and 1980s to train Japanese-language spies. Five of them were allowed to return to Japan in that year. Pyongyang says others have died or are never in the North. entered:
Japan Aponia believes that more people may have been abducted, that many are still alive. “Questions about their fate, along with North Korea’s nuclear-missile development, have frozen relations between non-diplomatic countries.”
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said the issue of kidnapping is a priority for his administration, and that he is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for talks without any preconditions.
Tokyo began imposing limited sanctions on North Korea in 2006, and has since extended and expanded them.