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Japan-South Korea rift

Moon open to talks with Japan over 'unwarranted' export curbs

South Korean leader seeks to cool tensions on anniversary of WWII's end

South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony in Cheonan, South Korea, to mark the 74th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan's 1910-45 rule.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in sought to cool tensions with Japan, calling for talks on the escalating dispute over export curbs that threaten both countries' economies as well as regional security.

In a speech in Seoul to mark the 74th anniversary of the end of Japan's occupation of the Korean Peninsula (1910-1945), Moon reflected on the neighbors' shared history and expressed hope for cooperation over trade.

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