Moon Hints at Retaliation against Japan's Export Controls
Seoul, July 8 (Jiji Press)--South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday hinted that his government may take retaliatory measures against Japan's tightened controls on its exports of semiconductor materials to South Korea if any real damage arises.
On Thursday, the Japanese government took the measures in apparent retaliation for South Korea's failure to address the country's top court decisions ordering Japanese firms to pay compensation to South Korean plaintiffs over wartime labor.
The presidential office released remarks that Moon made at a meeting with key aides. Moon indicated his stance on the bilateral issue for the first time.
At the meeting, Moon said there would be no choice but to take necessary measures if South Korean companies start to suffer real damage from Tokyo's tightened controls.
Moon called on Japan to withdraw its measures and requested bilateral talks on the issue.
[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]