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Japan to impose additional sanctions on North Korea

Tokyo will also freeze the assets of more groups and individuals connected to North Korea’s nuclear and missiles development.

FILE: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un being briefed during an atmospheric re-entry environment simulation of a locally manufactured heat-resistant section of a ballistic missile warhead part at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Picture: AFP.

TOKYO – Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea following the country's fifth nuclear test in September and consider further measures depending on Pyongyang's moves, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Friday.

Japan will expand a list of people prohibited from reentering Japan after visiting North Korea, while also banning all ships that have called at ports in North Korea, Suga told a news conference.

Tokyo will also freeze the assets of more groups and individuals connected to North Korea’s nuclear and missiles development, he said.

Japan's decision came after the UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea this week aimed at cutting its annual export revenue by a quarter.

At the same time, South Korea blacklisted senior North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un’s top aides, on Friday in fresh unilateral sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The South Korean government said in a statement it would ban entry by foreign missile and nuclear experts if their visits to North Korea were deemed to be a threat to the South’s national interests.

Seoul’s action came after the UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday aimed at cutting Pyongyang’s annual export revenue by a quarter.