Japan, South Korea to Discuss Export Controls on Friday

Politics

Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan and South Korea are considering holding working-level talks in Tokyo on Friday to discuss Tokyo's tightened controls on semiconductor materials exports to South Korea, South Korean trade minister Sung Yun-mo said Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference in Seoul, Sung said South Korea will urge Japan to withdraw the stricter export controls.

Japan's trade ministry will provide Seoul with reasoning behind Tokyo's decision to tighten the export controls, sources familiar with the matter said.

But Japan has no plans to withdraw the stricter controls. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has said that the measure is "not subject to talks."

At Friday's meeting, Japan plans to ask South Korean to be thorough on export controls for items that can be used for military purposes.

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