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ROK PM Lee proposes Japan rescind export curbs in exchange for Seoul’s renewal of GSOMIA

  • September 3, 2019
  • , TBS, TV Asahi
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TBS and TV Asahi reported today that former Chief Cabinet Secretary Kawamura, who met with ROK Prime Minister Lee for two hours in Seoul yesterday, revealed that Lee proposed a “package deal” in which Japan reverses its decision to remove South Korea from the “white list” of nations enjoying preferential trade treatment and the ROK rescinds its decision to scrap its GSOMIA with Japan. Kawamura said he told Lee that the two sides should start with talks on the requisitioned workers issue, while Lee revealed that behind-the-scenes discussions on this issue have already begun. Lee reportedly also said that the ROK would like to find a solution before the GSOMIA actually expires in November. The two officials reportedly agreed on the need to improve bilateral relations at an early date.

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