U.S., EU, 9 Others Back Japan over WTO Ruling on S. Korean Ban

Politics

Tokyo, May 16 (Jiji Press)--The United States, the European Union and nine other World Trade Organization members have supported Japan's claims over a final WTO ruling in favor of Seoul's import ban on fishery products from parts of Japan, it was learned Thursday.

The 11 members showed their support for Japan's calls for the lifting of the ban at a WTO meeting in late April to adopt a report on the ruling compiled by the global trade watchdog's Appellate Body, a senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official said at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on the day.

The Appellate Body on April 11 made the ruling tolerating the South Korean embargo on fishery products from Fukushima and seven other prefectures in eastern Japan, reversing an earlier verdict by a lower body against the import ban.

Representatives from 12 member economies spoke at the WTO meeting, and 11 of them backed Japan while none supported South Korea.

The EU representative showed understanding for Japan's disappointment and said that there are faults in the WTO's dispute settlement system, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

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