Jiji Press SEOUL (Jiji Press) — South Korean authorities detected a total of 156 cases of illegal exports of strategic goods that can be used for making weapons of mass destruction, during the period from 2015 to March this year, the trade ministry has said.
Among the detected cases were hydrogen fluoride exports to the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, the ministry said Wednesday. No Japanese-made hydrogen fluoride was involved, it said.
Hydrogen fluoride is one of the semiconductor materials covered by Japan’s tightened export controls imposed on South Korea on July 4.
Japanese officials have cited South Korea’s inappropriate handling of some of those materials from Japan as the reason for the tighter export controls.
The latest announcement by the South Korean ministry is apparently aimed at emphasizing the country’s appropriate export controls.
The data on the illegal exports of strategic goods were compiled by the ministry and presented to South Korean lawmakers in May.