Korea, Japan to hold 2nd round of WTO talks over feud
Korea said Friday it has agreed to hold a second round of talks with Japan later this month in their latest attempt to resolve the ongoing trade row over Tokyo’s export restrictions at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Chung Hae-kwan, director-general of multilateral and legal affairs at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, will sit down for a discussion with his Japanese counterpart Junichiro Kuroda on Nov. 19 in Geneva, according to the trade ministry here.
“We will make utmost efforts to try to quickly resolve Japan’s export restrictions,” the ministry said in a statement.
The talks are part of a dispute settlement process under rules of the WTO.
Last month, the two failed to reach an agreement in their first talks in
Geneva in connection with Seoul’s complaint with the global trade body over Tokyo’s export curbs.
In July, Tokyo imposed tighter regulations on exports to Seoul of three materials — resist, etching gas and fluorinated polyimide — that are critical for the production of semiconductors and flexible displays. Japan later removed South Korea from its list of trusted trading partners.