Japan Faces Sanctions With Rocket Launch

TOKYO (AP) - Government officials say Japan could impose more
sanctions on North Korea if it goes ahead with a planned rocket
launch, regardless of its payload, and plans to raise the issue
with the U.N. Security Council.

Prime Minister Taro Aso told a parliamentary committee Thursday
that Japan will consider imposing tougher sanctions, responding to
growing calls from lawmakers of his ruling party to do so if North
Korea goes ahead with the launch, which it says will put a
satellite into orbit.

Japan imposed tight trade sanctions against the impoverished communist nation in 2006 after North Korea tested ballistic
missiles in the waters between the two countries and conducted an
atomic test.

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