People walk in the street near the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang, on Monday. Photo: AP/Cha Song Ho

Japan to extend ban on all trade with N Korea by 2 years


Japan decided Tuesday to extend its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, including a ban on all trade, by two years to maintain pressure on the country to give up its nuclear and missile programs, and to make progress on the issue of its past abductions of Japanese nationals.

The sanctions extension, approved by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga before the measures' expiration on April 13, bans trade and prohibits the docking in Japan of North Korean-registered ships and any vessels that have called at a North Korean port.

North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles on March 25, the first such provocation in a year, in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Japan, the United States and South Korea have vowed to cooperate toward full implementation of the U.N. sanctions and to make "concerted" efforts toward the North's denuclearization.

Japan has long sought to repatriate its citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s, one of the sticking points that have stood in the way of the countries moving toward a normalization of diplomatic ties.

Suga recently reiterated his willingness to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the hope of making a breakthrough on the stalemate, although the prospects of such a meeting remain unclear.

Tokyo implemented sanctions against Pyongyang in 2006, banning imports from North Korea and the arrival of affiliated vessels.

It has since expanded the scope of the punitive measures by adding a prohibition against exports to North Korea in 2009.


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Was this the reason for NK's boycott of the 2020 Olympics?

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N Korea has goods or services for trade with Japan?

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CrashTestDummy...... Apparently much of the illegal amphetamines sold in Japan originate in North Korea.

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surprise surprise

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Was this the reason for NK's boycott of the 2020 Olympics?


Corona was just an excuse.

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does that mean pachinko parlours are going to decrease drastically?

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Was this in response to the North Koreans boycotting the Olympics?

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Japan's ban has no impact at all! Japan is NEVER a key player of the Korean peninsula crisis! The U.S. and China does!

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Japan should have stopped trading with NK a long time ago since they're still abducting Japanese People

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I'm sure North Korea is gutted...not.

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I just looked this up. North Korea’s big exports to its trading partners are watch movements, ferroalloys, and fake hair.... hard to do without...

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Several decades ago relations between the two countries briefly warmed up and in the King Size corner at my local Daiei I found an XL men's jacket for an amazingly low price, considering the quality. It bore a label that read "Made in DPR Korea." It was warm and comfortable and the stitching never gave out, but the synthetic leather trim got grubby so I eventually discarded it. I suppose with good materials and quality control, the North Koreans could give China's light industry a run for its money, if they wanted to. Apparently they don't.

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Sanctions, bans, trade restrictions rarely work. In fact, its quite the opposite. Just look at the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Berlin Wall coming down, Nixon's visit to China. Although Trump's visit to Kim didn't accomplish much, the more trade and interactions you have, the more opportunities there are to ease tensions. The Iran deal accomplished that, but dark forces (Israel) had another agenda.

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What? Only 2 years?

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Teach you for boycotting the Olympics! No used bicycles for you!!

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North Korea. "We are NOT attending the Olympics! Japan is crazy for trying to have them during a pandemic"

Japan. "How dare you insult us?!? We are suspending trade as of NOW!"

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> Was this the reason for NK's boycott of the 2020 Olympics?


Corona was just an excuse.

Evidence? Seems as though NK would have declared they weren’t going to participate last year if this had actually been the reason.

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an extra 2 years..... will this be more effective than the sanctions in place since 2006 and 2009 I wonder.... worth a try.... or nine. (⌒▽⌒)

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Good. Can we ban trade with China, too?

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Standard J-govt policy....whatever hadn't worked till now will be repeated ad nausea.

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NK just withdrew from 2020 Olympics for the next 2 years :-)

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"N Korea has goods or services for trade with Japan?"

Koreans in Japan send a lot of money to the North.

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... that’ll teach them a lesson ...

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Oh No! NK pulled out of the Olympics? Really?? I bet there was a big sigh of relief from Japan. As for the trade ban, well, it's not as if there is any.

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"I'm sure North Korea is gutted...not."

Japan should deport all North Koreans too.

Let us see if they will be "gutted...not".

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Good for Japan. None of this nonsense "talk diplomacy" other leaders have failed miserably at.

Unless missiles stop flying around the vicinity of Japan, and the abductees are all accounted for, the sanctions on NK will remain permanently, and no Japanese investment will be forthcoming.

No surrender to bullies. No Olympics for them either.

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Good move . One of the big problem in world . We do not get true picture of this country. Regards . Your friend from Bangladesh . Twitter @shamsery

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