Japan extends N.Korea sanctions ahead of rocket launch

By REUTERS
April 3, 2012 08:03

 
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TOKYO - Japan extended sanctions against North Korea by a year on Tuesday after the reclusive state said it would press ahead with a rocket launch in the face of international criticism.

Japan first imposed sanctions after North Korea tested a nuclear device and ballistic missiles in 2006 and have extended them each year since then.

"We decided to extend by one year a measure that prohibits North Korean ships from calling at Japanese ports and another measure that bans imports and exports with the North," Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters.

Japan's ties with North Korea have long been fraught due to bitterness over Japan's 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean peninsula, Japanese fears about North Korea's rocket and nuclear programs and anger over the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents decades ago.

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