Japan Prepares Illegal Sanctions Against the DPRK

February 22, 2004

Earlier this month, the government of Japan passed legislation amending the country's "Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Control Law." The amendments give the government the power to impose economic sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

These sanctions could include halting all bi-lateral trade, blocking cash remittances to the DPRK and ending the ferry service which operates between the two countries.

The imposition of any sanctions against the DPRK would be a blatant violation of international law. Japan's threat to impose such sanctions is an aggressive step and part of the all-sided pressure being exerted against the DPRK by U.S. imperialism.

The government of the DPRK, as well as many mass organizations including the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, the Korean Democratic Women's Union, and the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, has sternly denounced this provocation and reiterated the iron determination of the government and people to defend the sovereignty of the DPRK.

Amongst other things, the DPRK has pointed out that the amendment to the "Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Control Law" is in direct violation of the joint DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration of September 2002.