Japan Rejects Talks with S. Korea on Dropping Export Controls

Politics

Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan will not engage in discussion with South Korea on withdrawing stricter controls on semiconductor materials exports to South Korea, industry minister Hiroshige Seko said Tuesday.

Following a request by South Korean President Moon Jae-in for bilateral talks on the issue, Seko said that the export restrictions are "not up for discussion," adding that "withdrawal is not being considered at all."

The decision on stricter controls "is a review of domestic operations," he said, reiterating Tokyo's stance that the stricter controls were put in place to make sure that the products subject to the export controls, which can be used for military equipment, are appropriately managed.

The minister confirmed that South Korean authorities have reached out to his ministry for explanations. "We feel no reluctance in giving explanations and will deal with it (the request for explanations) on a working level," Seko said.

The Japanese government plans to exchange opinions with South Korean authorities as early as this week to explain the details of the tightened controls, officials said.

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