Japan has imposed new sanctions on three organizations and one individual in North Korea, according to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Lazar group, which is suspected of involvement in cyberattacks, fell under the sanctions.
According to the Japanese news agency Kyodo, Tokyo has decided to freeze the assets of two commercial companies, an electronic piracy group and one individual, for their involvement in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry said the sanctioned individual goes by the name Kim Sue Il, representing the Vietnamese branch of the North Korean War Industries Administration, an organization that oversees North Korea’s weapons programs.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference that Pyongyang’s missile tests, which are taking place at an unprecedented pace this year, pose a serious and imminent threat to Japan and the international community.
Japanese government spokesman Matsuno added that the government of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will make efforts to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea in cooperation with the US and South Korea.
Source: Japanese News Agency Kyodo