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Motegi expresses regret to Kang over Seoul’s reopening of WTO cases

NHK reported this afternoon that Foreign Minister Motegi held a teleconference with his South Korean counterpart Kang for about 40 minutes around noon during which he told her that it is “extremely regrettable” that the South Korean government announced that it will reopen its complaint at the WTO over Japan’s tightened export controls. Motegi reportedly said: “The unilateral announcement by the South Korean side is not conducive to resolving the issue and it is extremely regrettable.” In response, Minister Kang reportedly explained the South Korean view on the matter. Meanwhile, concerning the issue of former requisitioned workers, Motegi reportedly pointed out: “Converting the assets of Japanese corporations into cash through domestic judicial procedures in South Korea would create a serious situation and must be avoided.” The two ministers reportedly agreed to maintain close communication between foreign policy officials toward a swift resolution of the issue.  

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