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S. Korea to Resume WTO Complaint over Japan's Export Curbs

Write: 2020-06-02 14:39:19Update: 2020-06-02 16:35:44

S. Korea to Resume WTO Complaint over Japan's Export Curbs

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The South Korean government has decided to resume dispute settlement proceedings at the World Trade Organization(WTO) over Japan's export control measures on three key semiconductor and display materials.

Na Seung-sik, the head of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy’s Office of International Trade and Investment, announced the move on Tuesday. 

Na said the decision came as the Japanese government has failed to demonstrate its intent to address the matter or try to make headway in bilateral consultations.

South Korea had tentatively halted the WTO complaint process last year on November 22. 

As the first step in resuming related proceedings, Seoul said it will request the WTO to set up a panel charged with the effort.  

This comes after Tokyo failed to respond to Seoul's call to reveal by the end of May its position on the export curbs it placed on South Korea and the removal of South Korea from its “whitelist” of reliable trade partners.

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