South Korea's Moon pledges action against Japan's 'unfair' trade step

FILE PHOTO:President of South Korea Moon Jae-in speaks at the the University of Oslo during his official State visit to Norway, in Oslo, Norway June 12, 2019. NTB Scanpix/Ryan Kelly via REUTERS/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - President Moon Jae-in vowed on Friday to take stern action against Japan’s decision to strip South Korea of its fast track export status, calling it a reckless and unfair retaliatory action by Tokyo.

“We won’t be defeated by Japan again,” Moon told a cabinet meeting in a rare live broadcast, but without giving details of possible countermeasures, however.

He also criticized Japan as a “selfish nuisance” for disrupting the global supply chain.

Reporting by Ju-min Park and Jack Kim; Editing by Clarence Fernandez