Japan expands unilateral sanctions against North Korea
13:05, Friday, 15 December, 2017
Japan has imposed fresh sanctions against North Korea as it seeks to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes.
Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the assets of another 19 entities and individuals would be frozen.
More than 210 organisations and people from countries including China and Russia will now be targeted.
Businesses on the blacklist include banks, coal and minerals traders, and transport firms.
The widening of sanctions comes ahead of a meeting of the UN Security Council to be held on Friday.Japan said it is facing a "pressing threat unseen before" after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) across its territory in September.