SEOUL — The Republic of Korea (ROK)'s presidential Blue House vowed on Wednesday to take all available measures if Japan continues to worsen their trade row with additional export curbs.
Members of the National Security Council standing committee of the Blue House reconfirmed the need for all diplomatic efforts to encourage Japan to revoke its export curbs
Chung Eui-yong, top national security adviser for ROK President Moon Jae-in, chaired a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) standing committee of the Blue House.
During the meeting, members of the standing committee vowed to sternly deal with Japan's "unfair" export restrictions and employ all available measures if Japan worsens situations further despite Seoul's efforts to resolve it.
They reconfirmed the need for all diplomatic efforts to encourage Japan to revoke its export curbs.
The meeting came after Japan tightened regulation earlier this month on its export to ROK of three materials vital to produce memory chips and display panels, which are the mainstay of ROK's export.
Japan reportedly plans to decide later this week on whether to take ROK off its 'white list' of preferential procedures for export, a move estimated to have a negative effect on as much as 1,000 items or so in trade between the two countries.
According to local media reports, ROK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha was scheduled to hold one-on-one talks with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, later this week.
At the meeting, the NSC standing committee also expressed strong concern about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s launch of two "short-range ballistic missiles" earlier in the day.
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