now ahead of the second round of talks
between South Korea and Japan at the WTO regarding a dispute over Tokyo’s trade
restrictions on South Korea Seoul’s top negotiator says he could consider
pushing for the next step of the dispute settlement process if these talks don’t
go well kim hyusun reports South Korea’s chief negotiator for discussions with
Japan and the World Trade Organization says Seoul is mulling the possibility of
pushing for the establishment of a panel at the WTO’s dispute settlement body if
the two sides failed to find common ground on Tokyo’s export curbs we will
push for the next step which is to establish a related panel if Japan does
not engage in consultations in a proactive manner speaking to reporters
in Geneva on Monday Tong hey Kwon director-general of multilateral and
legal affairs at the Ministry of Trade industry and energy that he will exert
his utmost efforts to resolve the trade route through dialogue he will sit down
with his japanese counterpart junichi rocker oda during the meeting so we’ll
continue to claim that Tokyo has violated a set of international trade
rules including article 11 of the WTO general agreement on tariffs and trade
which bans regulations on export volumes unless the products have a serious
impact on national security Tokyo is expected to stress it has not violated
WTO regulations adding its measures are the result of Seoul’s weak export
management last month the two sides failed to reach an agreement in their
first talks in Geneva in connection with Seoul’s complaints over Japan’s export
curves on three key materials required for the production of semiconductors and
other high-tech materials it remains to be seen whether the two sides can reach
an agreement this time kim yusin arirang news

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