The second round of divisional-level consultations between South Korea and Japan under the World Trade Organisation’s dispute settlement mechanism ended in Geneva, Switzerland, on the same day, and their differences have not been narrowed. Ding Hai, co-founder of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Resources of South Korea, said at a press conference after the meeting that he would evaluate the results of the consultation satout after returning home, and then consider whether to apply for the establishment of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) and other options.
Ding Hai official said that the two sides in two concentrated consultations for six hours, in the process of the other side of the measures and positions have a more in-depth understanding. However, South Korea believes that the existing positions of the two sides have not changed.
At the meeting, the ROK pointed out that Japan’s export restrictions do not comply with the export control system, is arbitrary and discriminatory, and asked Japan to withdraw as soon as possible. Regarding Japan’s statement that export controls are not trade restrictions, the ROK pointed out that Japan’s claims have no objective basis and have not been justified in WTO consultations.
Ding Stressed that although the possibility of holding a third round of consultations is not ruled out, it is unlikely that the two sides will reach an agreement through consultations. Asked about the timing of South Korea’s request for a dispute settlement body, he said the first step would be to decide whether to apply for the establishment, and if the final decision was made, the appropriate period would be determined on the basis of principles such as speed and honesty.
Asked if the two sides were discussing a military intelligence protection agreement, he replied in a negative.
Ichiro Kuroda, minister of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and chief representative of Japan, said after the meeting that the two sides had a more in-depth understanding of the factual relationship and each other through the consultations, but the existing views of the two sides have not changed, and the future direction of progress will be decided by the ROK.
On September 11th the South Korean government filed a complaint with the WTO over Japan’s restrictions on exports to South Korea. Last month, the first round of consultations between the two countries failed to produce results.