April 23, 2021

Japan extends unilateral sanctions regime on North Korea for two more years

Amid frozen bilateral relations, no end in sight to Japan's unilateral DPRK sanctions regime

Tokyo will extend its unilateral North Korea sanctions regime by another two years, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Tuesday, following years of unresolved questions about abducted Japanese citizens and recent DPRK missile launches.

Japan’s unilateral North Korea sanctions were set to expire on April 13 this year, following multiple extensions ever since they were first imposed in 2006. Now awaiting the Cabinet’s final approval, Japan’s extended unilateral sanctions regime continue to prohibit bilateral trade with North Korea and forbid DPRK vessels entering Japanese waters and ports for a further 24 months, Kato told local reporters on Tuesday.