Japan intends to impose additional sanctions against North Korea because of country’s missile launches and unresolved abduction issue, its top government spokesman said on Friday. This was reported by Reuters.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan would freeze the assets of six more organizations and two more individuals linked to North Korea. He said they included four Chinese entities and one Chinese individual and two Namibian entities.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to the Japanese sanctions.
The United States on Tuesday imposed new North Korea-related sanctions, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for supporting Pyongyang’s weapons programs, including a Namibia-based subsidiary of a Chinese company and a North Korean entity operating in Namibia.
Asked what message Japan was sending with the additional sanctions, Suga said is it was important to observe the UNSC resolutions.
“It is extremely important to exert pressure in this form while acting in concert with the United States and South Korea,” he said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines, state media reported on Wednesday, as he pursues nuclear and missile programs amid a standoff with Washington.
As it was reported earlier Japan introduces new sanctions against DPRK right after the United States. Japanese Foreign Minister stressed the impossibility of a dialogue with North Korea.