Japan imposes fresh measures against North Korea

Japan: Siren sounds as North Korea fires missile overhead

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Japan has announced they will impose additional sanctions against North Korea amid increased missile activity. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a regular briefing on Tuesday that the Japanese will freeze assets of groups involved in the development of missiles.

Mr Matsuno said: “We cannot tolerate North Korea’s repeated provocative actions which threaten Japan’s security and international peace and safety.”

Kim Jong-un’s regime launched a missile last week which flew in an easterly direction and flew warplanes close to the border with South Korea.

Last Thursday Pyongyang revealed that the dictator had overseen a number of launches of long-range cruise missiles.

Kim claimed the launches successfully demonstrated his country’s nuclear capabilities.

The North also said the missile tests were simulated nuclear attacks on key targets in the South and the US.

It is thought the North Korean leader is attempting to pressure his rivals into lifting economic sanctions by accepting him as a force to be reckoned with.

On Friday, South Korea scrambled fighter jets in response to warplanes being flown close to the Korean border, according to The Guardian.

The North’s planes reportedly flew as close as seven miles from the border.

No clashes were reported between the North’s planes and the South’s F-35 jets.

The United States first imposed sanctions against North Korea back in 2006 in response to the regime’s nuclear test on October 9 2006.

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In 2011 Canada imposed sanctions against the Kim regime under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA).

These sanctions include an import and export ban and a ban on all new investment in North Korea.

A number of Western allies such as the European Union, Australia and South Korea also have sanctions against the country.

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