Japanese officials denied on the 6th that they would lift export controls on South Korea at the upcoming high-level talks between Japan and South Korea. High-level trade officials from Japan and South Korea are scheduled to meet in Tokyo on the 16th. Asked on the 6th whether he would discuss lifting export control measures against South Korea at the meeting, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Yamayama gave a negative answer, saying that the talks would not give a “quick solution” to the issue.
“I don’t think so, ” said Mr. Yamayama. ” I am sure the ROK will argue and make a request, but we will make a decision (on export control issues). “
The Japanese government imposed export controls on fluorolylamide, photoresist and high-purity hydrogen fluoride on July 4, and in August it stopped adding South Korea to the “white list” of countries that have access to trade facilities. South Korea found that Japan was dissatisfied with the South Korean court’s ruling that Japanese enterprises compensate disparagethership of South Korean workers forcibly recruited by Japan during World War II, with economic means of retaliation. South Korea has taken a number of measures, including recourse to the World Trade Organisation.
On November 22nd the South Korean government postponed the termination of the Military Intelligence Protection Agreement between South Korea and Japan, while suspending access to the WTO for Japan’s export control measures against South Korea. South Korea and Japan then resumed dialogue on export controls and worked to bring South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet this month. (Yu Jie) (Xinhua News Agency Micro-Special Report)