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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan summons South Korean envoy over wartime labor row

Kono calls Seoul's arbitration refusal 'rude' as ambassador blasts export curbs

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, speaks to Nam Gwan-pyo, South Korea's ambassador to Japan, on July 19. (Photo by Kaisuke Ota)

TOKYO/SEOUL -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Friday summoned South Korea's ambassador to protest Seoul's refusal to accept arbitration of their wartime labor row, calling the handling of the dispute "extremely rude."

Kono told Nam Gwan-pyo, the ambassador to Japan, that Tokyo is "very disappointed" with Seoul's decision, announced on Thursday. "What the South Korean government is doing is equal to subverting the international order built after World War II," Kono said.

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