Japan to lift N Korea sanctions
Japan has lifted sanctioned imposed on North Korea after latter tested a nuclear bomb in 2006. Sanction has been continued after every six months since then. But today it lifted and this will loosen restrictions on the movement of people between the two countries, lift a ban on charter flights and allowing certain ships access to Japanese ports.
Japan is to partially lift sanctions against North Korea after it agreed to conduct a new probe into the issue of abducted Japanese nationals.
Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said a ban on charter flights and travel between the two sides would be lifted.
In return, Pyongyang would re-examine cases of a number of Japanese people seized by North Korean agents decades ago to train spies, he said.
The move follows talks between the two sides earlier this month.
Representatives met in the Chinese capital, Beijing, in a bid to make progress on the long-standing dispute - which is blocking moves towards establishing formal diplomatic ties.