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The Latest on Japan downgrading South Korea's trade status (all times local):
South - Korea - Office - Regret - Response
South Korea's presidential office has expressed "deep regret" and vowed a stern response over Japan's decision to take the country off its list of nations with preferred trade status.
In a statement read on national TV, Blue House spokeswoman Ko Min-jung said Seoul had committed to resolving its trade row with Tokyo diplomatically and will now sternly respond to the Japanese measures it sees as "unjust."
Ko - President - Moon - Jae-in - Issue
Ko says President Moon Jae-in will address the issue ahead of a Cabinet meeting later on Friday and the country's finance minister will also announce government plans in response to the expanded Japanese export controls.
South Korea says the Japanese trade curbs could hurt its export-dependent economy...
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