China News Service, June 2. According to Japanese media reports, on June 2, South Korea decided to restart consultations with Japan under the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshiaki Mogi responded by saying: "I am deeply sorry."
According to reports, Mogi said at a press conference, "Mingming (Japan and South Korea)'s export management departments have been engaged in continuous dialogue, but South Korea has unilaterally made this decision. I deeply regret this."
Earlier on June 2, the South Korean government decided to restart the complaint filed with the WTO against Japan’s restrictions on exports to South Korea. This complaint was suspended on November 22, 2019.
Luo Chengzhi, head of the Trade and Investment Department of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, said on the same day, "In the past 6 months, the South Korean government has taken the Korean-Japanese dialogue seriously and fully explained it to Japan." However, Luo Chengzhi said, "The Japanese government There is no willingness to solve the problem, and no progress has been made in the discussion on the settlement of the (two-party trade) case."
According to reports, South Korea notified Japan in May that it hoped that the Japanese side would express its position on the adoption of trade restriction measures against South Korea, but the Japanese side did not give a clear answer to this.
Since July 2019, Japan has adopted measures to restrict exports to South Korea of three key materials, semiconductors and displays; in August of the same year, Japan removed South Korea from its export whitelist.
In response, the South Korean side proposed in August 2019 to terminate the Korea-Japan Military Intelligence Protection Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the "Agreement") and filed a complaint with the WTO on September 11 regarding Japan's trade restrictions. In November, the South Korean side decided to postpone the termination period of the "Agreement" conditionally and suspend the prosecution formalities in the WTO.