Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet announced new unilateral sanctions on North Korea on Friday, targeting six companies and one individual of China and Namibia, and another individual of unknown nationality.
The new sanctions are part of a broader U.S. effort to disrupt the flow of cash funding North Korean weapons programmes.
The sanctions target restrict dealings with Russian banks and energy companies.
"North Korea has been repeatedly carrying out provocative acts.we have made a decision to work in close coordination with the United States and have taken these new measures reflecting on those taken by the United States on the 22nd (of August)", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.
She made the remark hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signalled that talks with the North might be possible "in the near future".
China-based Dandong Rich Earth Trading allegedly supported Korea Kumsan Trading Corporation, a company that was already designated by the United Nations and U.S.as having links with North Korea's nuclear program, by purchasing vanadium ore.
"It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilise the region", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said during a press conference on Friday here, that Japan believes it is extremely important to pressurise North Korea, along with the US and South Korea.
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"North Korea's economy is not so large that it can afford to forgo stiff economic sanctions on exports like coal, one of the mainstays of (the country's) economy", said Patrick Cronin, an Asia specialist at the Washington-based think tank Center for a New American Society.
"Unless a definite end is put to the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat, the DPRK will never flinch even an inch from the road of bolstering up the nuclear forces already chosen by itself", a North Korean delegation said at a disarmament conference in Geneva, North Korean state media reported Friday.
"We strongly urge the U.S.to immediately correct its mistake, so as not to impact bilateral cooperation on relevant issues", the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. said about the Treasury measures.
The Treasury Department also sanctioned Dandong Zhicheng's director Chi Yupeng, a Chinese national accused of moving cash for North Korean interests.
Beijing views them as attempts from other countries trying to impose what it calls "long-arm jurisdiction".
China has signed up for increasingly tough United Nations sanctions against North Korea, and promised to fully and effectively enforce them.
In late June the Treasury Department imposed sanctions against the Bank of Dandong, severing it from the United States financial system as it accused the bank of laundering North Korean cash.
Beijing has opposed the imposition of unilateral sanctions by any country outside the framework of the UN.
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