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Japan imposed a three-month export ban on a trading company for attempting to illegally ship equipment to North Korea that could assist the isolated state’s nuclear weapons program, a government official said Monday.

Tokyo-based Meishin will be prohibited from shipping goods overseas between April 5 and July 4, said Mitsuyoshi Shimoseko, an official of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

Meishin tried to ship three electronic devices to North Korea through a company in Thailand in April, against government orders.

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