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ROK premier reportedly considering donating face masks to Japan, U.S.

Nikkei reported online from Seoul on an article asserting that Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun has instructed his deputies to look into the possibility of supplying face masks to Japan and the U.S. in order to “support Tokyo as a neighbor and Washington as an ally.” While noting that there is still strong demand for masks at home, the Korean report noted that the ROK government will study the idea very carefully. The Korean media reportedly speculated that Seoul is hoping that a donation of medical supplies will lead to a breakthrough in its political stalemate with Japan over disputes involving requisitioned workers and export controls.

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