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Japan and South Korean Governments Expand Unilateral Sanctions Against North Korea

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The government decided Friday to strengthen unilateral sanctions against North Korea using measures such as expanding the range of entities and individuals subject to asset freezes.

The decision follows North Korea’s repeated nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches.

The new measures, which are in line with the unilateral sanctions introduced in February, include expanding a reentry ban to include people who have traveled to North Korea.

The government intends to urge Pyongyang to change its position by stringently blocking the departure and entry of people linked to North Korea’s nuclear and missile developments and flow of funds, according to sources.

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“I intend to take further unilateral measures in cooperation with the United States and South Korea,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a meeting of Cabinet ministers concerned with the issue of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korea, held at the Prime Minister’s Office the same day.

[Read the full text here, at The Japan News]

Under the new measures, the range of asset freezes will be expanded to 54 entities and 58 individuals, the sources said.

The list includes a trading company in Liaoning Province, China, that was sanctioned by the United States in September for its alleged involvement in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by North Korea.

The reentry ban previously targeted 22 people — 17 executives of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), including its head and deputy head, and five nuclear and missile technology engineers.

The range will be significantly expanded, the sources said. All vessels that have made port calls in North Korea will be banned from entering Japanese ports, with those of Japanese registry also newly subjected to the measures.

South Korea’s new sanctions

SEOUL — The South Korean government unveiled new unilateral sanctions against North Korea on Friday.

The measures include freezing assets in South Korea and halting financial transactions. They target 36 individuals and 35 entities, including Hwang Pyong So, director of the North Korean military’s general political bureau…(read more)

Source: The Japan News

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