Published: Sat, July 13, 2019

S Korea, Japan hold talks as diplomatic row worsens

S Korea, Japan hold talks as diplomatic row worsens

South Korea has fully enforced United Nations sanctions on North Korea and worldwide export control regimes on sensitive materials and dual-use technology, Kim You-geun, first deputy chief at the National Security Office, told a briefing.

South Korea slammed "irresponsible comments" made by Japanese officials after Tokyo said Seoul can not be trusted to implement sanctions on North Korea.

The South Korean government proposed on Friday, . that Seoul and Tokyo should be jointly investigated by an worldwide body on their sanctions enforcement.

South Korea's industry ministry said on Wednesday it had found 156 cases of unauthorised exports of strategic goods as of March since 2015, but none involved North Korea.

Tokyo last week tightened the approval process for Japanese shipments of photoresists and other sensitive materials to South Korea, saying such materials can be exported only to trustworthy trading partners.

A row between Japan and South Korea escalated on Saturday, with contested accounts of a frosty meeting the day before that had failed to make progress on a dispute that could threaten global supplies of microchips and smartphone displays. South Korea denies the allegations.

On Thursday, North Korea claimed it would develop and test unspecified "special armaments" to destroy US F-35 fighter jets if South Korea continues to deploy them.


The Japanese ministry official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, said the export restrictions were "necessary measures related to security".

A foreign ministry official handling Asia-Pacific affairs is visiting Japan as Seoul steps up efforts to reverse Tokyo's recent export control measure through bilateral dialogue and United States mediation.

A Japanese trade ministry official said Japanese officials told their South Korean counterparts that Tokyo saw weaknesses in Seoul's export controls and that the trade curbs were not retaliation for the dispute over the issue of Korean wartime laborers.

"The positions still differ (between the two sides)", Lee said.

Japanese officials also explained that inappropriate cases had occurred in South Korea's export control that warranted tighter control because of national security concerns. "We did not see any willingness by Japan to change its measures from this meeting".

This is according to the Voice of America on Saturday, . citing a State Department official.

In a statement released by state news agency KCNA, an unidentified policy research director at the Institute for American Studies of North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called South Korean authorities "impudent and pitiful" for "talking loudly about reconciliation and cooperation between the north and the south" while still purchasing USA weapons.

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