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WTO upholds South Korean ban on Fukushima seafood

AP  |  Seoul 

The has upheld South Korea's import ban on Japanese seafood from areas affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster in

on Friday welcomed the decision and said it will continue to block all from and seven neighbouring prefectures to ensure "only foods that are confirmed as safe are put on the table."

"The government will continue to maintain and strengthen our quarantine sovereignty and safety net," for Government Policy Coordination said in a statement.

Japanese said the WTO ruling was "extremely regrettable" and that will aim to get the import ban reversed through bilateral talks with

imposed the ban in 2013 after the Electric Power Company revealed that highly contaminated leaked from a storage tank at a crippled nuclear plant in that was submerged by a massive tsunami in 2011.

launched a complaint with the WTO over the ban in 2015, saying that the radioactive levels of seafood from the areas were safe. The ruling by WTO's appellate body overturned key points of a verdict by a lower dispute panel last year that said the South Korean measures were excessive and discriminatory against

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 10:50 IST