South Korea filed a WTO case in September against Japan for tightening controls on its export of semiconductor materials, citing "politically motivated discriminatory measures" such as the recruitment of former workers, kyodo news reported.
Japan and South Korea held bilateral consultations on the issue in Geneva, Switzerland, the headquarters of the WTO, on Friday, but did not reach an agreement.The two sides agreed to hold further consultations on the issue, but no timetable has been set.
The south Korean government filed a complaint with the world trade organization on September 11 against Japan for restricting exports of three types of semiconductor materials to South Korea.After filing a case with the wto, the first procedure is for the parties to the dispute to negotiate a settlement within 30 days. If no agreement can be reached within 60 days of the beginning of the negotiations, South Korea can request the establishment of a panel equivalent to the first instance.
As the views and positions of Japan and South Korea are so different that it is not expected to be settled through bilateral consultation, the rok may ask the WTO to set up a dispute settlement panel as soon as mid-november.
"The rok side has made a request for the next round of consultations," junichiro kuroda, minister of trade and trade at Japan's ministry of economy, trade and industry, told media after the talks, noting that Japan had agreed.In a gesture of caution, he noted that there was "no room for prejudgment".
"The two sides have reached an agreement on the implementation of the new trade order, which is usually concluded at one time." ding haiguan, cooperative officer of the ministry of industry, trade and industry of South Korea, also affirmed the continuation of the consultation, but on the other hand, he was not satisfied with the consultation.
In July, Japan tightened export procedures for three kinds of products, "hydrogen fluoride" used for semiconductor cleaning, "photoresist" coated on semiconductor substrate, and "fluorinated polyimide" used for organic EL display screens, on the grounds of export management of safety guarantee.
According to the report, the panel is required to reach its conclusions within 180 days after it is set up, but in recent years there have been significant delays.In the event of disagreement with the panel's report, the party may appeal to an appellate body equivalent to a "final judgment" and the final conclusion may take several years.
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