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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea and Japan spar over export controls at WTO

Japanese computer makers Vaio and Dynabook brace for fallout

South Korean and Japanese companies play major roles in chip production, creating global consequences for the bilateral trade dispute. (Nikkei photo illustration)

TOKYO/SEOUL -- South Korea urged Japan to withdraw restrictions on exports of semiconductor materials at the World Trade Organization on Tuesday even as the Japanese side flatly denied imposing a trade embargo.

Tokyo's move "will disrupt the global value chain" and harm South Korean companies, Seoul envoy Paik Ji-ah said Tuesday in Geneva, according to a trade official who attended the meeting. Paik put the trade dispute on the agenda of the meeting at the last minute.

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