Japanese companies exporting those goods need government approval to move them.
Kim Hyun-chong, deputy chief of South Korea's National Security Office, arrived in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday on an unannounced visit and told reporters he was there to meet officials from the White House and Congress to discuss issues that included Japan's export curbs. Seoul could not rule out countermeasures for damage they inflicted on firms in South Korea, Moon added.
Most Japanese support new export restrictions on materials vital to Korean IT giants in a surge of jingoistic sentiment in the island country amid never-ending historical spats between the two countries.
The sanctions enforce strict restrictions on the export of three key items to South Korea.
Nogami was responding to a question about a list of strategic materials illegally being exported out of South Korea released by Rep. Cho Won-jin of the minor opposition Our Republican Party in May.
South Korea's foreign minister told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Japan's export curbs against Seoul are "undesirable", the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, as a trade row between the East Asian neighbors grows.
At the WTO meeting, Paik Ji-ah, South Korea's ambassador to Geneva, said it is regrettable that Japan introduced the measure after leaders of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies, including Japan and South Korea, adopted a joint statement showing their intentions to realize a free, fair and non-discriminatory trade environment at their meeting in Osaka late last month.
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South Korean chipmakers such as Samsung Electronics Co. and SK Hynix Inc. are expected to be impacted by the curbs affecting fluorinated polyimide, resist and hydrogen fluoride.
He also dismissed reported remarks by a politician in Japan that South Korea illegally shipped hydrogen fluoride imported from Japan to North Korea in violation of global sanctions, calling them "groundless".
Seoul urged Tokyo to withdraw the measure, claiming that it amounts to economic retaliation taken for political purposes.
The dispute stems from Tokyo's frustration at what it calls a lack of action by Seoul over a South Korean court ruling last October that ordered Nippon Steel to compensate former forced labourers.
South Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Sung Yun-mo said that an "emergency inspection" found no sign of illegal transactions.
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party, which had until now focused on Moon administration's Japan policies, is now linking the issue to South Korea-US relations.
Seoul has ignored Tokyo's calls to resolve the dispute by holding bilateral consultations or by setting up an arbitration panel that involves a third country based on the accord.