Seoul to file WTO complaint over Japan's 'discriminatory' export curbs

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Seoul to file WTO complaint over Japan's 'discriminatory' export curbsSouth Korea plans to file a complaint over Japan's tighter export controls at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday, accusing Tokyo of being 'politically motivated' and 'discriminatory' in an escalating row rooted in wartime history. In July, Japan imposed tighter controls on exports of three materials to South Korea used in smartphone chips and displays following a diplomatic dispute over compensation for forced labourers during Japan's occupation of Korea during World War Two. 'We have decided to complain about Japan's measures at the WTO... to prevent the act of abusing trade for political purposes from recurring,' South Korea's Trade Minister Yoo Myung-Hee said at a briefing.

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