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Japan right after US introduces new sanctions against DPRK
11:41, 28 July 2017
Japan right after US introduces new sanctions against DPRK

Japanese Foreign Minister stressed the impossibility of a dialogue with North Korea

11:41, 28 July 2017

EPA

Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea for its weapons programs, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday, just hours after the U.S. Senate also voted for new sanctions on the secretive state. This was reported by Reuters.

Kishida told reporters that given the increasing threat posed by North Korea's missiles and the fact that no concrete proposals have been made to resolve the issue of Japanese abducted decades ago by agents from the North, the steps had to be taken.

"Given that we can't expect meaningful dialogue, pressure on them is essential," he said.

Related: US satellites record DPRK preparation for new missile test

Japan will be taking steps to freeze the assets of five groups, including two from China, as well as nine individuals, Kishida said, but did not give further details.

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to slap new sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia, including seeking to punish foreign banks that do business with North Korea.

As it was reported earlier Pentagon doesn't exclude possibility of armed conflict with DPRK. "What's unimaginable to me is allowing a capability that would allow a nuclear weapon to land in Denver, Colorado", said Joseph Dunford.

Related: US Congress proposes to unite sanctions against Russian Federation and DPRK

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