Japan sanctions 3 groups and 4 individuals for supporting North Korea’s missile program

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Japan’s federal government is enforcing sanctions versus 3 groups and 4 people for supporting North Korea’s rocket and nuclear advancement program

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press

September 1, 2023, 3: 03 AM

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Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno participates in an interview in Tokyo Friday, Sept. 1,2023 Japan’s federal government revealed Friday it will enforce sanctions versus 3 groups and 4 people for supporting North Korea’s rocket and nuclear advancement program. (Kyodo News by means of AP)

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TOKYO– Japan’s federal government revealed Friday it will enforce sanctions versus 3 groups and 4 people for supporting North Korea’s rocket and nuclear advancement program.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno stated Friday that the sanctions, in tandem with the United States and South Korea, remain in action to North Korea’s tried launch of a spy satellite Aug. 24 and its shooting of 2 rockets Wednesday, as United Nations Security Council resolutions prohibit any North Korean launches utilizing ballistic rocket innovations.

The extra sanctions, authorized throughout Friday’s Cabinet conference, freeze the possessions of the 3 North Korea-based hacker groups connected to cyberattacks– Andariel, BlueNoroff and Korea Expo Joint Venture– in addition to 4 people, 3 of them based in China, according to a Foreign Ministry declaration.

The United States enforced sanctions Thursday on 2 individuals: a North Korean and a Russian connected to a Moscow-registered company implicated of supporting the North’s ballistic rocket program.

Japan, the United States and South Korea have actually been stepping up their tactical three-way cooperation in the Indo-Pacific area to collectively handle their shared issue of growing hazards of North Korea and China.

Matsuno stated Japan‘s federal government highly gets in touch with the North to take concrete actions to react to Tokyo’s proposition to settle the concerns of kidnappings of Japanese nationals throughout the 1970 s and 1980 s by North Korea, in addition to its nuclear and rocket programs.

He stated family members of the abductees are getting old which Japan looks for talks in between Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as quickly as possible.

North Korea has actually stopped working two times in current months to release a spy satellite. The country’s National Aerospace Development Administration stated it would make a 3rd effort in October.

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