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Will U.S. mediate in ongoing S. Korea, Japan export row? Expert analysis Updated: 2019-07-23 05:56:43 KST

It's been over three weeks since Japan slapped export restrictions on chemicals essential to the South Korea's vast semiconductor industry.
John Bolton is currently on a trip to Japan and South Korea as trade dispute between U.S. allies continue to escalate.
Let's try getting an analyst's perspective from Washington. Joining us live via Skype is Scott Snyder,

Scott, as a prominent expert in Asia and U.S.' Asia policy, what is your take as you watch the escalating trade tensions between Seoul and Tokyo?

U.S. President Trump hinted at the possibility of lending a helping hand to ease tensions in the political and economic dispute between the U.S.' two biggest allies in Asia.
How likely is it that John Bolton has a message from Trump to both Tokyo and Seoul to mediate between the two? And for what cost?

Seoul's Blue House is reportedly even considering making changes to GSOMIA military information-sharing pact with Tokyo. Is that worrisome for Washington? How do you expect this Seoul, Tokyo trade dispute to pan out in the coming weeks and months?

Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow at Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations many thanks, as always, for sharing your insights with us.
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