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How the WTO will address the Japan-South Korea trade row

Are national security concerns a 'sacred cause' under international law?

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has cited national security concerns as a reason for its Aug. 2 decision to remove South Korea from its list of countries that can receive favorable treatment in export controls.

The Japanese decision to take South Korea off its so-called "while list" from Aug. 28 comes after the U.S. has made regular moves in recent years to restrict trade on national security grounds.

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