Japan extended unilateral sanctions against the DPRK for two years due to the lack of progress on a number of issues related to the nuclear missile program, as well as abducted Japanese citizens, writes TASS.
It is noted that the term of the sanctions expires on April 13 and they are extended for another two years from that day.
The sanctions mainly relate to restrictions on the import and export of goods and bans on entry into Japanese ports of North Korean ships. Since the first entry into force, the sanctions have been repeatedly extended, and the list of companies, ships and individuals that fall under them has been constantly expanding.
Earlier it was reported that North Korea launched short-range missiles. It was clarified that they took place on the weekend from the west coast of the DPRK.
Meanwhile, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that the government is closely watching over possible preparations in North Korea for the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.