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South Korea to go to WTO against U.S. tariffs on washing machines, solar panels

Staff Writer |
Seoul plans to file a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against Washington's decision to impose steep tariffs on washing machines and solar panels.

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The Trade Ministry said Sunday that the United States has not followed up on its statement made on Jan. 23, saying it would announce within 40 days on whether the safeguard measures would be revised, reduced or terminated after discussions with WTO member countries.

The 40-day deadline lapsed last Sunday, without a word from Washington, meaning it has ignored Seoul's repeated request to ease or remove the tariffs from South Korean products.

South Korea called for a bilateral negotiation on the matter, claiming that the "excessive" U.S. safeguard measures may violate WTO rules.

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