Japan to extend sanction on Pyongyang for one year

16:07, April 09, 2010      

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Japan announced on Friday it will extend its sanctions against Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for one year after the current measures expire on Tuesday, a government official said.

The sanctions are to be extended because Pyongyang failed to investigate the fate of Japanese nationals kidnapped by DPRK in the 1970s, and it is reluctant to return to the stalled six-party talks, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said.

This is the first extension of sanctions by the government of Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), who took power last September.

The sanctions include a ban on port calls, visa control as well as money remittance to DPRK.

While noting that the sanctions have produced "a certain outcome," Hirano admitted Friday that there are suspicions that trade has taken place between the two countries via a third country.

Japan implemented the sanctions in October 2006 following Pyongyang's underground nuclear test in July that year and has extended them five times before. The sanctions were initially extended every six months but the duration was stretched to one year in a decision made in April 2009.

DPRK quit the six-party talks, which also group China, South Korea, Russia, the United States, and Japan, in April 2009 in protest of United Nations-backed sanctions.

Source: Xinhua


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