S. Korea Urged Japan to Lift Export Controls at Friday Talks


Seoul, July 13 (Jiji Press)--A South Korean government official said Saturday he has expressed regret over Japan's stricter controls on semiconductor materials exports to South Korea and urged Japan to remove them, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The official made the remarks at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda in briefing reporters on working-level talks with Japan held in Tokyo the previous day, Yonhap said.

Emerging from the meeting, Japanese participants have said there was no request from South Korea for the removal of the export restrictions.

Also at the airport, another South Korean participant in the working-level talks countered the Japanese arguments that the export controls are not in violation of World Trade Organization rules or intended as retaliation for South Korean Supreme Court rulings that have ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Koreans for wartime labor.

"We cannot understand, be satisfied with or agree to" the Japanese explanations, the participant was quoted as saying.

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