Japan, S. Korea Apart in Talks on Tokyo's Tighter Export Controls

Politics

Tokyo, July 12 (Jiji Press)--Working-level officials from Japan and South Korea failed to narrow gaps in the two countries' first talks on Friday on Tokyo's tightened controls on exports of semiconductor materials to South Korea.

During the meeting in Tokyo, Japanese officials blamed South Korea's poor export controls for the trade measure, according to a senior Japanese industry ministry official with access to the talks.

The Japanese participants insisted that the measure did not violate World Trade Organization rules and was not taken for retaliation.

The Japanese officials explained that an inappropriate case in South Korea, cited by Tokyo as the reason for the measure, involved bilateral trade, not shipments to third countries like North Korea.

Tokyo, which regarded Friday's meeting as nothing but an occasion to confirm facts, refused to hold any talks on the retraction of the trade measure.

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