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U.S. avoids taking stand on Japan-ROK export control dispute

  • July 12, 2019
  • , NHK, TBS, Fuji TV, TV Asahi
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NHK reported today that with the ROK embarking on a diplomatic offensive to gain the U.S.’s support in its dispute with Japan on semiconductor material exports, sending senior officials to Washington for meetings with U.S. officials, the U.S. has refrained from taking a stand on this issue. NHK said that according to the ROK media, deputy national security chief Kim Hyun-jong met with White House deputy chief of staff Mulvaney and USTR Lighthizer, while the ROK Foreign Ministry’s Director-General for Bilateral Economic Affairs Kim Hee-sang met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea and Japan Knapper, but the U.S. has not disclosed the contents of these meetings. In a news conference yesterday, State Department spokesperson Ortagus merely emphasized that the U.S. will do everything possible to strengthen the U.S.-Japan-ROK relationship and did not comment on this issue. TV Asahi, TBS, and Fuji TV also reported today on the news conference, with TBS pointing out that Ortagus would not even answer a question on whether the U.S. has been in communication with Japan concerning this dispute and TV Asahi noting that the U.S. has not criticized Japan’s export curbs.

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