Seoul Urges Tokyo Not to Restrict Chip Material Exports

Politics

Seoul, July 1 (Jiji Press)--A senior South Korean diplomat on Monday urged Japan to withdraw its plan to restrict exports of three semiconductor materials to South Korea.

First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Sei-young conveyed the request to Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Yasumasa Nagamine.

Separately, South Korean trade minister Sung Yun-mo said in a statement that Seoul will take necessary steps, including a suit with the World Trade Organization, in response to Japan's move, announced Monday.

The statement also said the restrictions are Tokyo's retaliation for a series of rulings by the South Korean Supreme Court ordering Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Koreans over wartime labor.

The restrictions are contrary to common sense in light of the democratic principle of separation of powers, Sung also said, expressing deep regret.

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