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GOJ convenes briefing for foreign diplomats on control of exports to ROK

  • July 23, 2019
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Yomiuri, Sankei, and Nikkei wrote that MOFA and METI jointly organized a briefing on Monday for Tokyo-based foreign diplomats regarding Japan’s decision to tighten control of the export of semiconductor materials to South Korea in a bid to win their understanding for the measure, which was undertaken “for national security reasons.” The Japanese briefers reportedly stressed that it was not taken in retaliation for Seoul’s posturing over the requisitioned labor dispute. At the same time, they also reportedly said: “This is a matter of trust. The South Koreans have trampled on bilateral promises with Japan, including regarding comfort women. We want them to keep their promises.” Officials of dozens of foreign missions including the U.S. and many European embassies reportedly took part in the event. The papers noted the absence of representatives from the South Korean Embassy.

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