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North Korea: State-Run Newspaper Condemns Japanese Export Restrictions Against South Korea

1 MIN READJul 10, 2019 | 17:34 GMT

What Happened: North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper has condemned new Japanese export restrictions on three key chemical exports to South Korea, KBS reported July 10.

Why It Matters: North Korea has long been targeting Japan with particular ire and Pyongyang's criticism of Tokyo may improve inter-Korean relations.

Background: South Korea and Japan are embroiled in a standoff rooted in Seoul's increasingly tough stance against Japanese wartime transgressions.

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