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Delegations of lawmakers head to U.S. and Japan to resolve trade dispute Updated: 2019-07-24 16:10:45 KST

A parliamentary delegation, led by former National Assembly speaker Chung Sye-kyun of the ruling Democratic Party is visiting Washington for five days until Sunday.
The seven member team will meet with senators from the upper and lower house, as well as high-ranking State Department officials to explain that Japan's export restrictions against South Korea are unjust.
The delegation will also deliver a unanimous resolution adopted by foreign affairs and unification committee lawmakers earlier this week, which mainly calls for Japan to withdraw the curbs.

"Alongside the delegation to the U.S., another group of lawmakers, led by independent lawmaker Suh Chung-won , is set to visit Japan for two days from July 31st."

Though the other participants are yet to be confirmed, the delegation is expected to meet with Japanese counterparts to argue for the withdrawal of Japan's export curbs against Korea, as well as discuss ways to mend the worsening ties between the two countries.

Ahead of the visits, National Assembly speaker Moon Hee-sang sent letters to his U.S. and Japanese counterparts on Tuesday, stating his concerns about Tokyo's export restrictions.
In his letter to the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Moon expressed hopes for Washington to mediate in the row, and in his letter to
Japan's House of Representatives Speaker Tadamori Oshima, Moon called for Japan to refrain from taking additional measures and work to resolve the issue diplomatically.

Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.
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