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The Latest: Japan mulls sanctions after NKorea launch

The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):

1 p.m.

Top government officials say they are preparing to step up Japan's sanctions on North Korea to protest against Sunday's rocket launch.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference Monday that Japan plans to decide possible measures "as quickly as possible" but declined to give details, including if they may come before a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Suga said Japan needs to thoroughly examine "the most effective steps it should take in order to comprehensively resolve the problems" including the issue of Japanese...