Japan hits North Korea with new sanctions

In the face of a growing missile threat from Pyongyang Japan has imposed fresh sanctions on companies and individuals for supporting North Korea, the Japan government announced on Friday.

Officials told four Chinese companies, one Chinese individual, two Namibian firms and one North Korean individual for helping North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Yoshihide Suga Chief Cabinet Secretary said in a statement while attending a news conference “North Korea has been repeatedly carrying out provocative acts”.

Mr Suga said: “We have decided to work in close coordination with the United States and have taken these new measures reflecting on those taken by Washington”.

US placed sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian entities On Tuesday for their alleged connections to Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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