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Korea, Japan to hold 2nd round of talks

Nov 09,2019
Korea said Friday it has agreed to hold a second round of talks with Japan later this month in their latest attempt to resolve the on-going trade row over Tokyo’s export restrictions at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Chung Hae-kwan, director-general of multilateral and legal affairs at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, will sit down for the discussion with his Japanese counterpart Junichiro Kuroda on Nov. 19 in Geneva, according to the Trade Ministry here.

“We will make utmost efforts to try to quickly resolve Japan’s export restrictions,” the ministry said in a statement.

The talks are part of a dispute settlement process under rules of the WTO.

Last month, the two failed to reach an agreement in their first talks in Geneva in connection with Seoul’s complaint with the global trade body over Tokyo’s export curbs.

In July, Tokyo imposed tighter regulations on exports to Seoul of three materials - photoresists, etching gas and fluorinated polyimide - that are critical for the production of semiconductors and flexible displays. Japan later removed Korea from its list of trusted trading partners.

Korea views the Japanese moves as retaliation against last year’s Korean Supreme Court rulings ordering Japanese firms to compensate Korean victims of forced labor during Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.