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Point of no return

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Seoul, Tokyo should refrain from head-on clash

South Korea and Japan appear to be approaching the point of no return on their brewing confrontation over the wartime forced labor issue and the ensuing trade row. Concerns are growing over the developments which could put both sides on a head-on collision.

Japan is escalating tensions by threatening to take further retaliatory measures against Seoul after imposing export restrictions on three key materials needed for Korean firms to make semiconductors and chips. Korea is also determined to take tit-for-tat action although it calls for a diplomatic resolution.

On Friday, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono summoned South Korean Ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan-pyo to lodge a complaint about Seoul's rejection of Tokyo's demand for the establishment of a third-party arbitration panel. The move came a day after the........

© The Korea Times