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Japan has decided not to impose additional sanctions on North Korea for the time being to abide by the weaker stance adopted by the U.N. Security Council on the failed rocket launch last week, government sources said Friday.

Japan concluded it should avoid “stimulating” North Korea into escalating the situation after the rocket broke up over the Yellow Sea west of South Korea on April 13, the sources said. The North said the launch was held to put a satellite in orbit, but the United States, Japan and South Korea accused it of being a long-range missile test.

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