Japan, S. Korea Discuss Export Controls at WTO

Economy

Geneva, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo and Seoul held bilateral talks at the World Trade Organization in Geneva on Friday over Japan's tightened controls on South Korea-bound exports of semiconductor-related materials.

The negotiations were requested by South Korea based on WTO agreements. But the two sides are very unlikely to resolve the dispute through the talks, as they are sharply at odds over the matter.

Last month, South Korea filed a complaint with the WTO, claiming that the Japanese measure reflects political reasons against the background of wartime labor and other bilateral problems.

Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Isshu Sugawara told reporters on Friday: "Japan won't change its stance that the export control review conforms with WTO agreements. We'll vigorously communicate this position to the international community."

Tokyo and Seoul are believed to have repeated their claims during the Geneva talks.

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