S. Korea Discusses Japan's Export Controls with U.S.


Seoul, July 11 (Jiji Press)--South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Japan's tightened export controls may harm global trade, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

In their telephone conversation Wednesday, Kang said that the stricter controls on Japanese semiconductor materials exports to South Korea will not just harm South Korean companies but also have adverse effects on U.S. companies and the global trade regime.

She added that the Japanese action, taken last week, was also undesirable from the perspective of maintaining amicable Japan-South Korea relations and trilateral cooperation between the two Asian countries and the United States.

Seoul will continue efforts to find a diplomatic solution through dialogue while demanding the withdrawal of the export control measures, Kang said, adding that her country does not want to strain its relations with Japan any further.

Pompeo expressed understanding, the ministry said.

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