Muammar Gaddafi pounded by UN and NATO

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Tokyo, Jun 4: With the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi considerably mellowing down following various international forces increasing pressure against him, it is the turn of Japan to follow suit. Japan has apparently frozen assets of Gaddafi and those of his associates to the tune of $4.4 billion. The move was made following the terms of the UN Security Council resolution.

The frozen assets include bank savings as well, according to Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper that has quoted information from the finance ministry. The UN Security Council have expressed in strong words their response on anti-government forces. The council also passed a resolution on this regard on Feb 26 with the support of Arab and African nations by passing sanctions against the dictatorial regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

Earlier in March, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's cabinet had approved the sanctions that also included an assets freeze and travel ban against several regime leaders.

NATO, meanwhile continued its offensive against Libyan forces by using attack helicopters for the first time. A statement by the Atlantic Alliance said, "Attack helicopters under NATO command were used for the first time on 4 June 2011 in military operations over Libya as part of Operation Unified Protector."

The statement quoted Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, commander in chief of the NATO mission in Libya as saying, "this success demonstrates the unique possibilities offered by using combat helicopters. The use of attack helicopters provides the NATO operation with additional flexibility to track and engage pro-Gaddafi forces who deliberately target civilians and attempt to hide in populated areas."

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