Diet ranks demand tougher sanctions on Pyongyang after H-bomb test claim, even cash transfer ban


Calls for tougher sanctions against Pyongyang erupted from Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday, following North Korea’s announcement that it had successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test on the day.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party launched a special headquarters on the country’s response to the North Korean nuclear test. At its first meeting, some participants proposed tougher Japanese sanctions, such as a ban on money transfers to North Korea.

Japan “needs to respond in a resolute manner in collaboration with other countries concerned, including the United States, South Korea, China and Russia,” LDP Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki said at the meeting.

The North Korean action is a “grave challenge to the peace and security of our country and Northeast Asia,” Tanigaki stressed.

The latest move “violates a series of U.N. resolutions,” Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of Komeito, the LDP’s junior coalition partner, said at a meeting of his party’s headquarters on the matter.

“We want a new resolution with effective steps,” Yamaguchi said.

Yorihisa Matsuno, leader of opposition Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party), issued a statement urging the government to work to draw up a new resolution on additional sanctions promptly, as Japan is a nonpermanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Speaking to reporters, Katsuya Okada, head of the largest opposition force, the Democratic Party of Japan, also stressed the need for the U.N. council to work harder to hold the North Korea in check.