Seoul to appeal WTO ruling
South Korea is appealing a recent ruling by the World Trade Organization, calling for a more relax import restriction on Japanese seafood products.
The WTO order stemmed from a dispute-settlement case filed by Tokyo for Seoul to allow Japanese seafood products to enter the Korean market anew, seven years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The WTO panel believes that Seoul’s measures against these commodities are “more restrictive than necessary.” It also called on the South Korean government to make corrective actions on the issue.
SoKor, however, said that there is a continued need for the strict restriction rules, citing health concerns over radioactive contamination on food coming from eight Japanese prefectures.
Seoul is expected to file the appeal within 60 days.