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S. Korea pushes against U.S. import restrictions on solar cells

2017/12/07 06:17

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea pushed Wednesday to stop the United States from restricting imports of its solar cells, saying such a move would only harm U.S. interests.

A government delegation, including officials from the foreign and commerce industries, made the case at a public hearing at the office of the U.S. trade representative, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"An increase in solar cell prices caused by import restriction measures would bring enormous costs to the U.S. public interest," it quoted the lead delegate as saying.

He also argued that South Korean solar cell imports have not caused "serious damage" to the U.S. industry.

Also in attendance were officials from the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association, the European Union, China, Taiwan and Canada, who joined the South Koreans in opposing restrictions.

The hearing was held to review the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent recommendations for safeguard measures against imported solar cells. The USTR is expected to report its own recommendations to President Donald Trump, who will then make a final decision next month.

South Korean companies exported US$1.3 billion in solar cells to the U.S. last year, ranking third in the world after Malaysia and China, the ministry said.

hague@yna.co.kr

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