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LDP to consider stepping up sanctions against North Korea

(Asahi: May 9, 2015 – p. 4)


 The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has set up a project team (PT) to look into measures such as strengthening sanctions against North Korea over its reinvestigation of Japanese abductees. The PT will hold its first meeting on May 13. The LDP will make proposals to the government in case the North fails to provide Japan with an adequate report before July, which is regarded as the timeframe for submission.


 North Korea launched a special committee on July 4 last year. Japan lifted some sanctions in exchange for the North’s start of the reinvestigation. The period of the reinvestigation is “one year,” but Pyongyang has not provided any concrete results of its reinvestigation.


 House of Councillors member Ichiro Tsukada will chair the PT. Keishi Furuya, chairman of the Headquarters for North Korean Abductions, and Seiichi Eto, an adviser to the prime minister, will serve as advisers. The PT will consider imposing new sanctions if the North fails to provide an adequate report to Japan.

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