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Japan Limits Exports to North Korea while China Prepares to Act
Japan has banned exports to North Korea in response to their nuclear and missile tests in May, with the purpose of sending a "strong message".
Japan has banned exports to North Korea in response to their nuclear and missile tests in May, with the purpose of sending a "strong message". "What's most important is that North Korea make the right response... to Japan's strong message, even though there are people who point out the volume of exports is small," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura. The Japanese concern arises from the proximity of the country, since much of its territory could be hit by North Korean mid-range missiles, according to the BBC's Roland Buerk in Tokyo. North Korea's key trading partner is China. China "has pledged to implement tougher sanctions against North Korea, which were approved by the UN last week." These sanctions include careful inspection of ships suspected of taking banned cargo to and from North Korea, and increased ban on arms sales.read source article