In Reversal, WTO Backs S. Korean Ban on Japanese Fishery Goods

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Tokyo, April 12 (Jiji Press)--The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body has issued a final ruling tolerating South Korea's import ban on fishery products from some Japanese prefectures that was introduced after the 2011 nuclear accident in Japan, reversing an earlier verdict against the embargo.

The body on Thursday canceled the decision by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body in February 2018 that the South Korean ban amounted to unfair discrimination.

In a statement issued on Friday, the South Korean government welcomed the ruling and said that the import ban will be kept intact.

"It is regrettable that our arguments were not accepted by the WTO," Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday.

At a separate press conference, Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Takamori Yoshikawa said that Tokyo will continue to urge Seoul to remove the ban through negotiations.

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