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Russia offers to supply etching gas to S Korea amid Japan export curb

Seoul is considering alternative options as spat with Tokyo drags on

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka last month.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Russia is offering to supply etching gas to South Korea, in a move that could help Seoul get around Japanese restrictions on exports to its neighbor of the key element for semiconductor production.

The South Korean government is reviewing Moscow's proposal to supply the gas called hydrogen fluoride, a source in the presidential Blue House said Friday.

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