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Trade officials from South Korea and Japan will hold bilateral consultations in Geneva on Friday, following a complaint filed by Seoul with the World Trade Organization last month over Tokyo’s tightening of export controls, trade ministries of the two countries said Thursday.

The talks are part of a dispute settlement process stipulated in WTO rules. If the talks fail to resolve differences, South Korea would likely ask the WTO to set up a dispute settlement panel, which would function as a lower court.

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