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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan and South Korea refuse to budge in first talks on trade feud

After five-hour session, Seoul to seek UN investigation on export controls

Japanese and South Korean trade officials meet July 12 at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Japanese and South Korean negotiators stand no closer to resolving Asia's newest trade dispute after a five-hour meeting on Friday that marked their first encounter over Tokyo's export curbs on key chipmaking materials.

Trade officials from both sides met at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, running well beyond the initially allotted time. But they spent most of the meeting outlining their country's stances instead of trying to bridge differences.

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