South Korean Overseas Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) meets her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono throughout the ASEAN Overseas Ministers’ Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand, August 1, 2019. Obligatory credit score Kyodo/by way of REUTERS
(Reuters) – South Korean Overseas Minister Kang Kyung-wha requested her Japanese counterpart on Thursday to maintain the nation on a “white listing” of nations that get pleasure from minimal commerce restrictions, Kyodo Information reported.
In a gathering on the sidelines of a discussion board in Bangkok, Kang additionally requested Japanese Overseas Minister Taro Kono to withdraw restrictions that Tokyo just lately positioned on exports of some high-tech supplies to South Korea.
Japan imposed the export curbs as ties worsened, fueled by a compensation row over South Koreans compelled to work in Japan’s factories when it occupied the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945.
Tokyo may resolve as quickly as Friday on whether or not to drop South Korea from the “white listing”, Japanese media have mentioned.
Reporting by Chris Gallagher and Kaori Kaneko in TOKYO; Modifying by Kim Coghill