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U.S. Supports Japan's View over Export Controls on S. Korea

U.S. Supports Japan's View over Export Controls on S. Korea

   London, June 29 (Jiji Press)--The U.S. government on Monday showed its support for Japan regarding South Korea's request to set up a dispute settlement panel at the World Trade Organization over Tokyo's tightened controls on semiconductor material exports to South Korea.
   At a WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting in Geneva on the day, a delegate from the United States claimed that the matter should not be subject to a WTO ruling as long as the Japanese measure was introduced out of security considerations, showing Washington's understanding on Tokyo's position.
   In July last year, Japan tightened its controls on exports of three semiconductor materials bound for South Korea, citing security concerns related to the country's trade control system.
   At Monday's meeting, South Korea reiterated its request for the WTO to set up a dispute settlement panel, claiming that Tokyo's measure was politically motivated.
   The panel is the WTO's equivalent of a court of first instance in its dispute settlement mechanism. Parties involved can appeal the panel's decision to the WTO's Appellate Body, the equivalent of a court of last resort. However, the Appellate Body is now effectively inactive due to the United States' opposition to the appointment of new members to the body.

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