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Japan slams WTO ruling on S Korea Fukushima food row

AFP  |  Tokyo 

Friday attacked an "extremely regrettable" ruling by the that upheld a ban by on some seafood from imposed after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The WTO's highest court overturned an earlier judgement from 2018, handing a final victory in a legal battle that has dragged on for years.

"Even though the ruling did not acknowledge that South Korea's measures comply with the WTO rules, it is extremely regrettable that Japan's argument was not approved," said the foreign ministry in

"There is no change in Japan's position of demanding lift all the restriction measures, and we will pursue this via talks with South Korea," added the ministry in a statement.

urged to "correct its policy" but acknowledged that had now run out of legal recourse.

Fearing radioactive contamination, imposed a partial ban on seafood imports from the region after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown at the Daiichi plant.

first took the row to the WTO in May 2015, requesting consultations -- the first step under the global trade body's settlement system.

But talks broke down, prompting to seek a WTO ruling in August 2015.

The WTO panel ruled in 2018 that South Korea should lift its ban but the so-called appellate court quashed this, the final word on the subject.

According to authorities, four countries and regions -- China, Hong Kong, and -- have maintained a ban on importing a broad range of locally-produced foods.

South Korea, Singapore, the and the have partial bans in place.

But the majority of other countries and regions -- including the -- have lifted bans on imports or allow imports on condition that a certificate of inspection is attached.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 15:35 IST