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Tokyo to 'Swiftly Proceed' With Own Measures Against Pyongyang

Sputnik News

21:53 08.02.2016(updated 21:57 08.02.2016)

Tokyo is currently working on its own measures against Pyongyang to quickly respond to the launch of a long-range rocket by North Korea and other pressing issues, Japanese Foreign Ministry's press secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura told Sputnik on Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo would tighten unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang, after North Korea launched the long-range rocket on Sunday, in violation of a UN Security Council resolution which bans Pyongyang from launching rockets that may be used as ballistic missiles to carry nuclear warheads.

'Japan is preparing to swiftly proceed with its own measures from the standpoint of the most effective measure for comprehensively resolving the issues of abduction, nuclear and missiles,' the press secretary said in an-email response to a question on the time frame for Tokyo's unilateral measures against Pyongyang.

Tokyo imposed several rounds of unilateral sanctions, including a trade embargo, against North Korea over its abduction of Japanese citizens.

Japan is seeking further cooperation with Moscow and other relevant parties to adopt a new UN Security Council resolution on Pyongyang's recent rocket launch and nuclear activity, Kawamura added.

'Japan fully intends to further strengthen cooperation with Russia and the other relevant countries for adopting a strong new resolution by the UNSC,' the press secretary said.

Members of the UN Security Council agreed on Sunday to adopt a new resolution with significant measures in response to Pyongyang's recent rocket launch, which could be a disguise for a ballistic missile test, and alleged nuclear bomb test. Earlier on Monday, the Security Council issued a statement, saying that it intended to develop further measures in its new resolution.


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