Japan to extend sanctions against N.Korea

The Japanese government decided to extend its sanctions against North Korea for another two years in a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The decision comes after a lack of progress on outstanding issues including Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development programs and the abductions of Japanese nationals. North Korea launched two ballistic missiles last month.

Japan's unilateral sanctions have been in place since 2006. Two of the measures, a total trade embargo and a ban on port calls by North Korean-registered ships, are set to expire on April 13.

A summit meeting between Japan's Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and US President Joe Biden is scheduled in Washington on April 16. North Korea will be among the main issues at the talks.

The US administration is expected to complete a review of its North Korea's policy soon. Japan hopes to work with Washington toward a comprehensive resolution of the issues.