SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The World Commerce Group has upheld South Korea’s import ban on Japanese seafood from areas affected by the 2011 nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima.
South Korea on Friday welcomed the choice and stated it’ll proceed to dam all fishery merchandise from Fukushima and 7 neighbouring prefectures to make sure “solely meals which can be confirmed as secure are placed on the desk.”
“The federal government will proceed to keep up and strengthen our quarantine sovereignty and security web,” South Korea’s Workplace for Authorities Coverage Coordination stated in a press release.
Japanese Overseas Minister Taro Kono stated the WTO ruling was “extraordinarily regrettable” and that Tokyo will purpose to get the import ban reversed by means of bilateral talks with Seoul.
South Korea imposed the ban in 2013 after the Tokyo Electrical Energy Firm revealed that extremely contaminated water leaked from a storage tank at a crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima that was submerged by a large tsunami in 2011.
Japan launched a grievance with the WTO over the ban in 2015, saying that the radioactive ranges of seafood from the areas had been secure. The ruling by WTO’s appellate physique overturned key factors of a verdict by a decrease dispute panel final yr that stated the South Korean measures had been extreme and discriminatory towards Japan.
AP author Yuri Kageyama contributed to this report from Tokyo.