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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan and South Korea ministers make no progress on export curbs row

Tokyo set to remove its neighbor from 'white list' as tensions rise

BANGKOK -- Foreign ministers from Japan and South Korea met in Bangkok on Thursday to try to ease rising tensions, but failed to make progress toward resolving a trade dispute.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha demanded Japan withdraw export curbs on crucial chipmaking materials. She also warned her Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, that Seoul would review a bilateral intelligence-sharing pact if Japan removes South Korea from its "white list" of 27 countries that benefit from trade privileges.

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