August 2, 2019 / 2:30 AM / 4 months ago

South Korea says it will respond firmly Japan's decision to drop it from easy trade list

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during an irregular cabinet meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, August 2, 2019. Yonhap via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday it will respond firmly to Japan’s decision to remove it from Tokyo’s list of easy trade countries.

South Korea’s presidential Blue House spokeswoman, Ko Min-jung, expressed deep regret over Japan’s move.

President Moon Jae-in will chair an unscheduled Cabinet meeting later on Friday to discuss the issue, according to Moon’s office.

Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Paul Tait

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