July 24, 2019 / 2:29 PM / 5 months ago

South Korea says Japan flatly rejects meeting over trade row

GENEVA, July 24 (Reuters) - South Korea's deputy trade minister Kim Seung-ho said on Wednesday he had asked a senior Japanese official for a face-to-face meeting on a trade row between Tokyo and Seoul but he had been flatly turned down.

Kim said Japan was using trade to settle a diplomatic score, and the refusal of a meeting with Shingo Yamagami, the director general of the economic bureau at Japan's Foreign Ministry, showed Tokyo lacked the courage to face up to what it had done. (Reporting by Tom Miles)

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