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“It is encouraging that the government is finally getting involved,” she said. “A stalemate could be a useful first step in defusing tensions.” “We might consider scraping the deal depending on the situation,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa said on July 30. The standstill agreement obliges both sides to refrain from taking further steps to allow negotiations for a certain period of time, it was quoted, adding that the length of such an agreement had not been fixed. The length of the proposed agreement has not been fixed, the official said. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has asked South Korea and Japan to consider signing a “status quo agreement” on a serious diplomatic dispute to give countries time to negotiate, a senior U.S. official told reporters on Tuesday. The United States has asked South Korea and Japan to consider signing a “status quo agreement” on an escalation of the trade dispute to allow time to negotiate, Reuters reported on July 30 (local time) from Washington. The proposed status quo would not resolve any of the differences between the two countries, but would prevent further measures for a period of time to allow for discussions, the official said. Washington insists on `status quo agreements` to have more time to discuss The US proposal for a standstill agreement will not resolve differences between the two countries, but it will have the effect of preventing them for some time from taking additional hostile measures to allow for bilateral negotiations, an official said.

But it is not yet known how long the impasse will last, the official said. The United States is closely monitoring the dispute, especially before August. 24 Time limit for both countries to re-commit to an annual information sharing agreement. WASHINGTON, July 30 (Yonhap) — The United States has asked South Korea and Japan to consider signing a “status quo agreement” to have time to negotiate a growing trade dispute between Seoul and Tokyo, Reuters reported on Tuesday. “I can tell you that this could have the effect that it will be more difficult to work out an agreement with North Korea, as Japan and South Korea would both play a critical role in a possible agreement with North Korea on north Korea`s denuclearization,” the official said. A senior U.S. official told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. was urging South Korea and Japan to reach a “status quo agreement” to give the parties more time to continue negotiations. WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Worried that trade and diplomatic tensions are escalating between South Korea and Japan, the United States is urging both sides to consider a “status quo agreement” to have more time to discuss, a senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday.

Suga, however, denied reports that the U.S. had urged Japan and South Korea to consider signing a deal to buy time. Meanwhile, Japanese and South Korean lawmakers met in Tokyo on Wednesday to discuss how to deal with escalating tensions. The meeting was held at the request of an association of South Korean lawmakers that promotes relations with Japan under the leadership of Kang Chang-il. In a letter to Japan`s and Korea`s trade ministers, five of the largest U.S. tech groups said the dispute could “cause long-term damage to companies operating inside and outside your borders and the workers they employ.” Earlier this month, Japan announced it would tighten controls for the export to South Korea of certain materials used in the manufacture of memory chips and other essential components for smartphones, laptops and servers of US tech giants such as Inc and Microsoft Corp. According to a person familiar with the matter, Yoo even trampled on his United States…