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Japan-South Korea rift

US fears Japan-South Korea tensions may worsen

Washington pushes for 'standstill agreement' to allow more time for talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States is worried that trade and diplomatic tensions between South Korea and Japan could worsen and is urging both sides to consider a "standstill agreement" to allow more time for talks, a senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday.

The comments came a day before Japan could follow through on a threat to cut preferential trade arrangements for technology with South Korea. Relations between the two U.S. allies have sunk to their lowest point since they normalized ties in 1965.

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