South Korea Presses Japan to Quickly End Export Curbs

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South Korea Presses Japan to Quickly End Export Curbs

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South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Japan should take faster measures to lift export curbs on key semiconductor components.

Japan should carry out “more visible and sincere steps” to remove the restrictions of such shipments to South Korea, Kang told her Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi at a meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

Japan removed South Korea from its list of trusted export destinations last year, which threatened the latter’s semiconductor and display sectors because of uncertainty over imports of key materials. The dispute started in part after South Korean courts demanded Japanese companies compensate Korean workers forced into labor during the 1910-1945 colonial era.

Kang reiterated the country’s position on the forced-labor issue, the South Korean foreign ministry said in a statement on the meeting with Motegi, without elaborating.

South Korea and Japan will cooperate in responding to global coronavirus outbreak and North Korea’s nuclear threats, according to the statement.

In a separate meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Kang discussed the alliance between the two countries and pledged to resolve the troop-funding deal in a smooth way. At a trilateral meeting, Pompeo, Kang and Motegi also discussed how to respond to global threats including situations in North Korea and the Middle East.

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