South Korea to remove Japan from export 'white list': Finance Minister

A protester holds up a sign reading "Abe regime out" during an anti-Japan rally in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Aug 2, 2019.
A protester holds up a sign reading "Abe regime out" during an anti-Japan rally in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Aug 2, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea will remove Japan from its "white list" of trusted trading partners, Seoul's finance minister said on Friday (Aug 2), reciprocating just hours after a similar move by Tokyo.

"We will continue making efforts to solve this issue diplomatically," said Mr Hong Nam-ki, "but we will also remove Japan from our white list and go through a process to strengthen our export controls."