August 8, 2019 / 5:09 AM / 6 months ago

South Korea holds off plan to drop Japan from 'white list': trade ministry officials

FILE PHOTO: South Korean people chant slogans during an anti-Japan rally near the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, August 3, 2019. The banners read "Condemn Abe regime. Make an official apology to victims of wartime forced labor." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Thursday held off a plan to drop Japan from the so-called “white list” of countries with fast-track export status, two officials at South Korea’s trade ministry said.

South Korean ministers were originally scheduled to decide on the plan at a meeting on Thursday, but they agreed to have further discussions on the matter, one of the officials said, without elaborating on the reasons for the delay.

The move comes after Japan granted its first approval for the shipment of a high-tech material to South Korea since Tokyo imposed tighter export curbs in early July.

Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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