South Korea denies that.
The first face-to-face discussions between Japan and South Korea about the export controls on Friday exposed deep divides between the two U.S. allies, with each side providing differing accounts of what was said.
The United States has for years sought a united stand with South Korea and Japan on standing up to what all three have long seen as North Korean aggression.
Thousands of South Koreans have signed petitions posted by citizens on the presidential office's websites that called for boycotts of Japanese products and of travel to Japan and for South Korea to skip next year's Tokyo Summer Olympics.
The Japanese government is insisting that its recent restrictions of exports of high-tech materials to South Korea are just for national security purposes, not a retaliation against Seoul for the forced labor ruling previous year.
Japan's position is that these issues were resolved at the normalization of diplomatic ties with South Korea in 1965.
Park Ki-young, a spokesman of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, said Monday that the government is bracing for the possibility that Japan will remove South Korea from a 27-country "whitelist" receiving preferential treatment in trade. Colonial-era Korean laborers are seeking a court approval for the sales of local assets of their former Japanese company as it is refusing to compensate them.
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For instance, when a South Korean customer purchases a Japanese television for one million won ($848), the OECD would exclude the display panel price when assessing Japan's TiVA in the given deal.
But there is concern that Japan will expand its export controls to other industries.
Moon's warning was echoed by Fitch Ratings, which said in a report yesterday that the efforts to restrict exports could wind up hurting Japanese suppliers of the materials, as well consumer firms.
Japan insists its decision on export controls was not in retaliation for a ruling that its companies still owe compensation for past forced labor.
Instead, Japan has cited "inadequate management" of sensitive items exported to South Korea. The Japanese government has said it had not said any materials were going to North Korea.
Last week, its presidential office proposed an investigation by the United Nations Security Council or another worldwide body to look into the export controls of both South Korea and Japan as it continues to reject Japanese claims that the South can not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea.
Tokyo lodged a protest against Seoul, saying it had broken an agreement on what the two sides would disclose from the Friday discussions on Japan's curbs of exports to Korea of some materials used to make high-tech equipment, a Japanese trade ministry official said at the weekend.