Japan expands sanctions against North Korea

Japan has imposed fresh sanctions against North Korea ahead of a meeting of the UN Security Council to exert more pressure on North Korea to give up its missile and nuclear programmes. Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the assets of another 19 entities and individuals dealing in financial services, trade in coal and oil, shipping and the dispatch of workers overseas would be frozen. More than 210 organisations and people from countries including China and Russia will be targeted. Japan says it is facing a pressing threat unseen before after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile across its territory November-end.