Japan and South Korea have imposed new sanctions on North Korea, following its recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests. The US Congress is currently preparing additional US sanctions, and the UN Security Council has said that it will extend UN sanctions too (see previous blog).
Japan has restored and added to the sanctions it had lifted in 2014, in return for North Korea investigating the abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 80s. The Japanese sanctions are a travel ban for North Koreans, a ban on remittances to North Korea, a prohibition on vessels that have docked in North Korea from using Japanese ports, a targeted asset freeze on listed North Korean people and entities, and a travel ban for foreign engineers who have visited North Korea. South Korea has shut down the Kaesong industrial complex, a joint venture between the North and South.