SKorean leader denounces Japanese comments over sanctions

A notice calling for a boycott of Japanese-made products is displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan said Tuesday it d

A notice calling for a boycott of Japanese-made products is displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan said Tuesday it d

Notices campaigning for a boycott of Japanese-made products are displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan said Tuesday

Notices campaigning for a boycott of Japanese-made products are displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan said Tuesday

Notices campaigning for a boycott of Japanese-made products are displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan said Tuesday

Notices campaigning for a boycott of Japanese-made products are displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan said Tuesday

Notices campaigning for a boycott of Japanese-made products are displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan said Tuesday

Notices campaigning for a boycott of Japanese-made products are displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan said Tuesday

Sung Yun-mo, South Korea's Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, speaks during a press conference at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, T

Sung Yun-mo, South Korea's Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, speaks during a press conference at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, T

Sung Yun-mo, South Korea's Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, listens to a question during a press conference at the government complex in Seoul,

Sung Yun-mo, South Korea's Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, listens to a question during a press conference at the government complex in Seoul,

Sung Yun-mo, South Korea's Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, speaks during a press conference at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, T

Sung Yun-mo, South Korea's Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, speaks during a press conference at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, T

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha answers questions during a plenary session at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha answers questions during a plenary session at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha answers questions during a plenary session at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha answers questions during a plenary session at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, bottom, answers questions during a plenary session at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, bottom, answers questions during a plenary session at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon answers questions during a plenary session for interpellation session at National Assembly in Seoul, South Kor

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon answers questions during a plenary session for interpellation session at National Assembly in Seoul, South Kor

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha answers questions during a plenary session at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha answers questions during a plenary session at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has criticized comments by Japanese officials who questioned the credibility of Seoul's sanctions against North Korea while justifying Tokyo's stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea.

The issue has become a full-blown diplomatic dispute between the neighboring U.S. allies.

Moon in a meeting with business leaders on Wednesday said Seoul was committed to finding a diplomatic solution and urged Japan to refrain from pushing the situation to a "dead-end street."

He spoke hours after South Korean officials told a WTO meeting in Geneva that the Japanese measures would have repercussions for electronics products worldwide and called for their withdrawal. Japanese officials countered that the measures didn't amount to a trade embargo, but rather a review of export controls based on security concerns.