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Japan joins U.S. in imposing new sanctions on North Korea

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Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea for its weapons programmes, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said, just hours after the U.S. Senate also voted for new sanctions on North Korea.

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U.S. media reported this week that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon spy agency, had assessed that North Korea would be able to field a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by next year, earlier than previously thought.

Kishida told reporters that given the increasing threat posed by North Korea's missiles and the fact that no concrete proposals have been made to resolve the issue of Japanese abducted decades ago by agents from the North, the steps had to be taken.

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