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ROK PM Lee denies proposing revocation of Japan’s export controls, ROK’s GSOMIA decision

Fuji TV reported today that ROK Prime Minister Lee has denied media reports that he proposed to former Chief Cabinet Secretary Kawamura a “package deal” in which Japan would rescind its removal of the ROK from the preferential trade treatment “white list” and the ROK would rescind its decision to scrap its GSOMIA with Japan. Lee remarked that he merely reiterated the ROK’s position that if Japan steps back from its tighter export controls, Seoul would be able to reconsider its GSOMIA decision. Kamamura later admitted that Lee did not use the term “package deal” and apologized for the misunderstanding.

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