March 6, 2020 / 4:12 AM / a month ago

South Korea vows 'reciprocal' countermeasures to Japan's coronavirus travel limits

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday it will consider countermeasures to Japan’s “unjust, unacceptable” travel restrictions barring visitors from areas which have been hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic.

The presidential National Security Council met after Japan said it would bar arrivals from highly affected areas in South Korea and Iran and order a two-week quarantine for those from other regions.

“It is unacceptable that the Japanese government took such an unjust action without prior consultations with us, and we will explore necessary countermeasures based on principles of reciprocity,” the council said in a statement.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Kim Coghill

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