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Last Updated: Friday, 13 October 2006, 13:43 GMT 14:43 UK
In pictures: Japan sanctions take effect

A North Korean ship with old bikes at Japan's Maizuru port

North Korean ships loaded with Japanese second-hand goods prepared to head home before Tokyo's unilateral sanctions came into effect.

Workers on a North Korean ship pack used bicycles at Japan's Maizuru port

Most of the ships from North Korea were packed to overflowing with old bicycles.

A North Korean ship with Japanese second-hand bikes

These can be bought for about 1,000 Yen ($10) and sold for up to three times that amount in North Korea.

A North Korean ship packs a load of used bicycles and refrigerators at Japan's Maizuru port

Old household appliances such as fridges (centre) were also being loaded on to ships to the Communist state.

A North Korean ship with used tyres on the deck on the deck at Japan's Otaru port

All North Korean ships were having to leave Japanese ports by midnight on Friday (1500 GMT).

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Tokyo's sanctions - approved by PM Shinzo Abe's cabinet - include trade and travel bans. They follow Pyongyang's announcement that it carried out a nuclear test.

A man arranges packs of sea urchin from North Korea at a shop in Tokyo

The impact for Japan could be that North Korea's prized sea urchin, clams and matsutake mushroom disappear from Japanese supermarkets.

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