Seoul silent on Tokyo’s arbitration offer

David Stilwell center left U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs speaks as South Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Yoon Soon-gu center right listens after a meeting with South Kore

David Stilwell center left U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs speaks as South Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Yoon Soon-gu center right listens after a meeting with South Kore

His comments came the day after a deadline set by Tokyo for Seoul to name an arbitrator for the dispute.

A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, however, that the date was unilaterally and arbitrarily set by Japan, according to NHK.

South Korean police officers patrol against possible rallies against Japan in front of a building where the Japanese embassy is located in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 19, 2019.

Kim's family told investigators that his father-in-law had been conscripted as a forced labourer when the Korean Peninsula was under Japan's colonial rule from 1910-45, the police said.

Japan has said that all compensation issues have already been settled under a 1965 bilateral treaty.

Japan's official position regarding its former colony maintain that a 1965 agreement resolved the issue of damages.

After summoning ambassador Nam Gwan-pyo, the Japanese Foreign Minister said that Tokyo will "take necessary measures" against South Korea if interests of Japanese companies are harmed, without giving details.

A South Korean man in his late 70s died Friday after setting fire to his own vehicle near the Japanese embassy in Seoul and suffering burns, according to local media reports.

The two USA allies have increasingly been at loggerheads as flaring tensions over Japan's 1910-1945 colonization of the Korean Peninsula threaten to damage economic and defense ties that had previously seemed immune. "To bring it up again as though unaware of what we have said is extremely discourteous".

South Korea could not ignore its Supreme Court ruling ordering compensation, he said.

Previously, Japan had asked for a different arbitration panel made up of Japan, South Korea and a third-party country, but Seoul refused to appoint a representative.

The two sides' intelligence cooperation has been mutually complementary, as Seoul has North Korea-related intelligence based on various sources, allegedly including its clandestine operatives based inside the communist state, while Tokyo boasted of its military satellites and other high-tech equipment.

South Korea's Deputy National Security Adviser Kim Hyun-chong said on Friday that Japan has violated the WTO's principle of free trade and worldwide law by imposing unilateral export restrictions against South Korea while diplomatic efforts have not been exhausted.

South Korea denied that and responded by suggesting Japan had been lax in abiding by global sanctions against North Korea. He died while being treated at a Seoul hospital, police said.

South Korean trade official Lee Ho-hyeon said Japan's plan to drop South Korea from its "white list" of countries with minimum trade restrictions would have major implications for global supply chains.

The anger has prompted a widespread boycott of Japanese services and products, from clothes to clothes and even travel, media reports have said.