South Korea is going to reopen its complaint at the World Trade Organization over Japan's restrictions of key exports, a complaint it had suspended last November.
The trade ministry said Tuesday that Japan has not shown a commitment to resolving the problems between the two countries, and that talks have not led to progress.
Last July, Tokyo started to restrict its exports to South Korea of three key materials used for making computer chips and displays in retaliation for the South Korean Supreme Court's ruling ordering a Japanese company to pay compensation to the Koreans it forced to work for it during World War Two.
Leading up to the decision to reopen the complaint, Seoul had called for joint efforts from Tokyo to resolve the trade row and overcome the economic fallout from COVID-19, but as of the end of May, Japan had not given a clear response.
Through the WTO proceedings, the trade ministry said it will prove the illegality and injustice of Japan's export restrictions to the international community.