S. Korea Raps Japan's Tightened Export Controls at WTO
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Seoul, July 9 (Jiji Press)--The South Korean government criticized Japan's tightened controls on semiconductor materials exports to South Korea, at a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva on Tuesday.
Seoul urged Tokyo to withdraw the measure, claiming that it amounts to economic retaliation taken for political purposes.
The Japanese side countered by saying that the measure was implemented in accordance with WTO rules.
The trade row is likely to further escalate tensions between the Asian neighbors, which have already been fierce due partly to the issue of wartime labor, pundits said.
This was the first time for the two countries to present their respective positions at the WTO since Tokyo introduced the tighter controls on South Korea-bound exports of resists, hydrogen fluoride and fluorinated polyimide last Thursday.
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