Japan to extend unilateral sanctions against North Korea

09 April, 2017, 05:11 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
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The European Union has increased its sanctions on North Korea because of its nuclear program and the threat it poses to the region with its recent ballistic missile testing.

North Korea hosted its first-ever competitive football match with South Korea at the Kim Il-Sung stadium in Pyongyang in front of a patriotic crowd. Tokyo also condemned Pyongyang's nuclear tests and a series of ballistic missile launches.

Heading into the first talks between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, North Korea was the front-and-center security issue on the table.

Judging by the stands in Pyongyang, North Korea also was not trying to create a friendlier atmosphere.

Additionally, Gatling said, using an offensive cyber-strategy would leave no trace if Pyongyang analysed the failed missiles for clues.

Michael Spavor, director of Paektu Culture Exchange, which facilitates exchanges with North Korea, said: 'Sporting links have eased anxieties during times of escalating tensions'. North Korea has violated these resolutions many times in the past.

The "reckless actions" are driving the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of a war", a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The Japanese government on Friday approved a two-year extension of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea, including a total blockade of trade, in response to Pyongyang's latest missile tests.

"They discussed the challenges that introduces for both countries, but there's a real commitment that we work together to see if this can not be resolved in a peaceful way", he said.

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North Korea has threatened pre-emptive strikes on USA and allied military installations in response to what it calls political, military and economic pressure and provocations - a sign of growing concern in Pyongyang over Washington's shows of strength.

"Apparently Trump still pins his hope on China", he said.

Tillerson's harsh language could be justified if it leads to a negotiated solution among the US, China and North Korea.

On Wednesday, Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea, prompting a swift rebuke from Japan and South Korea.

The North fired a mid-range ballistic missile from its eastern coastal area Wednesday morning, and it flew about 60 kilometers, South Korean and US officials said.

He told reporters on Air Force One en route to the summit that he thinks China will "want to be stepping up" in trying to deter North Korea's nuclear ambitions, although he didn't offer specifics, according to The Associated Press.

However, the US intelligence bureaus such as the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) have been keeping track of the whereabouts of the North Korea nuclear team beforehand.

"China has great influence over North Korea".


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