Parliament committee unanimously adopts resolution calling for withdrawal of Japan’s export curbs
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Parliament committee unanimously adopts resolution calling for withdrawal of Japan’s export curbs

December 3, 2019

In a show of support for the South Korean
government amid heightened Seoul-Tokyo trade tensions…. the parliamentary foreign affairs
committee adopted a resolution opposing Japan’s export curbs against the nation. Kim Mok-yeon has the latest. On Monday, the National Assembly’s Foreign
Affairs and Unification committee unanimously voted for the resolution, calling on Japan
to withdraw its export curbs of key high-tech materials to South Korea. “Our committee seeks to adopt the 6th item
on the agenda, the resolution calling for Japan to withdraw its export controls on South
Korea, Are there any objections to this? If there are no objections, I therefore announce
that the resolution has been adopted.” The key points of the resolution are that
through Japan’s export restrictions, the Japanese government is harming the friendly relations
between Seoul and Tokyo, and disturbing the free and fair trade rules. The resolution called for Japan to withdraw
such restrictions, and vowed for the Korean government to strongly react to the measures. Seoul’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha, who
attended the committee meeting, said that the resolution will be a major sign of support
for the government’s stance. “The government’s demand is that Japan should
call off its export curbs against Korea. I believe that the parliament’s resolution
will be a great contribution to solving the issue.” The unanimous vote represents significant
progress for the parliament, which had been stalled due to bipartisan wrangling over the
passage of the extra budget bill and the bill calling for the dismissal of defense minister
Jeong Kyeong-doo for the recent maritime security failure. Earlier in the day, National Assembly speaker
Moon Hee-sang and the floor leaders of Korea’s three major negotiating blocs met to negotiate
their differences, but during the meeting no breakthrough was made on opening an extraordinary
session for July. In order for the resolution to come fully
into effect, it needs to be passed at a parliamentary plenary session. But with the parliament still at a standstill,
there is a possibility that the resolution will still remain pending by the time the
delegation of lawmakers heads to Washington on Wednesday to try to resolve the issue. Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.

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