National flags of S.Korea and Japan displayed at Komeito Party's headquarters in Tokyo. File photo/ Reuters
South Korea summoned Japan’s ambassador to protest a decision to remove Seoul’s fast-track export status, which took effect on Wednesday amid a deepening political and economic feud.
Japan dropped South Korea from a so-called “white list” of favoured trade partners this month, which could mean more paperwork and on-site inspections for some Japanese exporters and potentially slow supplies of a range of goods.
The move, which came into force on Wednesday, prompted South Korea to drop Japan from its favoured trading list and scrap an intelligence-sharing agreement.
South Korea called in Japan’s ambassador to lodge a formal complaint and demand that the “white list” decision be reversed, a South Korean foreign ministry official said.
Government officials at a meeting in Seoul also agreed to provide 5 trillion won ($4.12 billion) from 2020-2022 to stabilise supply chains in affected sectors of the economy.
“We once again urge Japan to refrain from further worsening the situation and sincerely respond to our offer of dialogue to restore relations,” Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon told the meeting.
Relations between the two countries worsened late last year after South Korea’s Supreme Court ordered compensation for some Koreans forced to work at Japanese firms during Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of Korea.
The escalating row has raised US concerns about three-way security cooperation with its top two regional allies in the face of North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile programmes.
A senior State Department official said on Tuesday that Washington hopes the dispute has hit “rock bottom” and the neighbours will start to rebuild their relationship.
South Korea’s president said on Wednesday Japan’s export curbs on key materials used by South Korean technology firms could be prolonged and Seoul will help companies reduce their reliance on Japanese suppliers.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has urged Japan to withdraw export controls on high-tech materials bound for South Korea, he said on Monday, calling the restriction a bid to limit bilateral
South Korea’s foreign minister told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Japan’s export curbs against Seoul are “undesirable,” the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, as a trade row between
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