Korea Appeals WTO Ruling on Imports from Fukushima

  • By Ahn Joon-ho

    April 10, 2018 11:46

    The government has appealed a World Trade Organization ruling that accused Korea of violating trade regulations by banning imports of seafood from Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, which was the site of a massive nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011.

    "The nuclear fallout persists in Japan, and the ruling is problematic since it's our job to make sure the food Koreans eat is safe," a government spokesman said Monday.

    In February of this year, the WTO ruled in favor of Japan, which has demanded Korea lift the ban.

    Korea banned imports from the region in 2011, just after a massive earthquake there resulted in the nuclear meltdown. Japan sued Korea at the WTO in 2015.

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