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Japan Threatens to Extend North Korean Sanctions

March 15, 2008

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will extend economic sanctions against North Korea beyond April 13 unless progress was made on the fate of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, Kyodo news agency reported on Saturday.

Tokyo reviews the sanctions it imposed on the reclusive communist state every six months.The sanctions, which were imposed after Pyongyang conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, ban North Korean imports and bar its ships from calling at Japanese ports.

The fate of the abductees is a highly emotive issue in Japan. Pyongyang has admitted that its agents had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s, five of whom have since been repatriated.

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