Japan slaps new sanctions on North Korea
#Cosmoread: Japan announced Wednesday that it will impose new sanctions on North Korea to protest a rocket launch seen as a test of missile technology. The sanctions will include expanded restrictions on travel between the two countries and a complete ban on visits by North Korean ships to Japanese ports, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference. “Despite our repeated requests to stop nuclear tests and missile development, (North Korea) pushed ahead with the launch. It has a direct impact on Japan and we need to show our strong determination, “Suga said.
He said, however, that Japan will keep a door open for dialogue to resolve the still outshanding issue of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korea decades ago. Suga said the sanctions would be approved by the Cabinet later, and would also require legislative changes in Parliament, Japan in 2014 eased some earlier sanctions on North Korea in exchange for its pledge to reinevestigate the fate of the Japanese abductees.
Wednesday’s measures go slightly beyond the restoration of the previously used measures. The ban on port entry extends to any foreign ships coming to Japan after visiting North Korea. The travel ban will also be broadened to include any foreigners with nuclear and missile expertise who visit North Korea.
All money transfers, except for those below 100,000 yen ($880) for humanitarian purposes, will be banned. North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday carrying what it said was an Earth observation satellite into space. Meanwhile, US Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump without North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN would “disappear”. I would get China to make that guy disappear in on form or another very quickly,” Trump told CBS
Seoul to suspend
Industrial park ops
Seoul: South Korea would suspend all operations at a jointly run industrial park in North Korea to punish Pyongyang for its latest rocket launch and nuclear test. It was the first time Seoul had suspended operations at the Kaesong estate since it opened in 2004 as a symbol of cross-border reconciliation. “We have decided to stop all operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex would not be used by the North to fund its nuclear and missile development,” Hong Yong-Pyo, Seoul’s unification minister in charge of cross-border affairs, told a press conference Wednesday.