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ROK seeks U.S. “mediation” in dispute with Japan

  • July 12, 2019
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All national dailies reported on South Korean Foreign Minister Kang’s teleconference with Secretary of Pompeo on Wednesday during which she said Japan’s tightening controls on semiconductor material exports to the ROK will have a negative impact on U.S. companies and global trade and also on trilateral cooperation between the United States, Japan, and South Korea. Noting that Seoul sent deputy national security chief Kim Hyun-jong to Washington on Wednesday, Yomiuri speculated that South Korea is hoping U.S. pressure will help persuade Japan to withdraw the tighter export controls. Asahi conjectured that Seoul is seeking U.S. “mediation.”

 

NHK also reported this morning that the ROK foreign ministry’s Director-General for Bilateral Economic Affairs Kim Hee-sang is in Washington and he held talks with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea and Japan Knapper and other senior U.S. officials on the impact of Japan’s export curbs in order to seek the U.S.’s support.

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