Kono Meets S.korean Envoy Over Seafood Import Ban

Kono meets S.Korean envoy over seafood import ban

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has asked the South Korean ambassador to Japan to convey to his country that Japan hopes to seek a solution to the fishery products trade dispute through bilateral talks.

Kono met with South Korean Ambassador Lee Su-hoon in Tokyo on Friday.

The meeting came after the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of South Korea on its ban on imports of fishery products from eight Japanese prefectures because of safety concerns over radioactive contamination.

Kono told Lee that the ruling was deeply regrettable. He added, however, that he welcomes the WTO's finding that Japanese food products are scientifically safe and easily meet South Korean safety standards.

He said he hopes to convince South Korea to lift its ban through talks.

Lee told reporters after the meeting that he and Kono conveyed to each other their positions on the ruling, but did not elaborate on the South Korean stance.