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S. Korea considers 120 bln won extra budget to cope with Japan's export curbs

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Wednesday the government will seek parliamentary approval for more than 120 billion won (US$101 million) in extra budgetary funds to cope with the impact of Japan's recent restrictions on exports of high-tech materials.

"The government plans to politely request at least 120 billion won from the National Assembly for an early implementation (of the necessary measures)," the prime minister said in a parliamentary interpellation session.

"I hope the opposition party lawmakers also help out with this with as they are well aware of the seriousness of the South Korea-Japan trade row," Lee noted. 

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon speaks at National Assembly on Wednesday. (Yonhap)
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon speaks at National Assembly on Wednesday. (Yonhap)

Japan's restrictions of exports to South Korea of materials vital for semiconductor and display production took effect last Thursday, in apparent retaliation for Seoul court rulings that ordered Japanese firms to compensate Korean victims of wartime forced labor.

"One of the reasons (South Korean firms) are so seriously affected is (their) excessive reliance on Japanese components and materials," the prime minister said, adding that South Korea needs to diversify its import sources and improve self reliance.

Asked whether the government has sought mediation by the United States, Lee said, "The government is making all kinds of diplomatic efforts imaginable."

The government is also bracing for additional measures the Japanese government could take, he said. (Yonhap)

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