The US has vowed to exert all possible efforts to help resolve an ongoing dispute between South Korea and Japan, amid South Korea’s warning of global consequences as a result of the row, a US official diplomat said, according to Reuters.
"We hope that resolution will happen soon," said David Stilwell, the top United States diplomat for East Asia policy, adding that the US, “as a close friend and ally to both, will do what it can do to support their efforts to resolve it."
This comes although Stilwell last week denied the US intention to intervene in the political dispute between its biggest allies in Asia, in an interview with Japan’s NHK. Stilwell told reporters in Seoul that he took the situation seriously without further elaboration concerning America’s planned steps in this regard.
Japan has tightened controls on high-technology materials exports bound for South Korea, after South Korea's Supreme Court in October highlighted the right of South Koreans, who were forced to work for Japan's Nippon Steel during World War Two, to be compensated by the company.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior South Korean official told reporters that the export curbs will affect global technology companies including South Korean tech giant Samsung in Texas.
"It will adversely affect companies ranging from Apple, Amazon, Dell, Sony and billions of consumers all over the world," the official said.