Japan Warns North Korea Over Sanctions

kpopluv, March 2, 2015, 10:19 a.m.

Tokyo has told Pyongyang it could extend sanctions which expire in April, Kyodo News reported Friday.  Japan imposed sanctions banning imports from the isolated country in 2006 and exports to it in 2009 over the North's nuclear and missile programs, and has renewed them every two years. 

But it partially lifted bans on human exchanges, money transfer and the entry of ships in July last year, when the North agreed to probe abductions of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 80s.  The warning that the sanctions may be renewed aims to prod North Korea to make progress in the investigation, Kyodo added.

A Cabinet meeting is expected to endorse the renewal in early April, unless there is palpable progress in the probe. The three provisions will remain lifted until the investigation comes to an end in July.

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