SEOUL South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday lauded a team of government officials for winning in a recent dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) with Japan over a seafood import ban, calling it a good precedent for Seoul's response to similar trade rows.

During a meeting with presidential aides at Cheong Wa Dae, he received a briefing on the WTO's decision last week to uphold South Korea's ban on importing Japanese seafood from areas affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

In 2018, a lower panel said that South Korea was "unfairly" discriminating against Japanese products.

Speaking about the new ruling, the president said he'd like government officials to "have confidence that (they) can win in a trade dispute if they make thorough preparations," according to his deputy spokesperson Ko Min-jung.

Moon was quoted as instructing the team to compile data and other materials related to the reasons for a defeat in the first round and subsequent responses for use in other cases.

Ko answered in the negative when asked if Moon made any remark directly on soured relations between Seoul and Tokyo.

Source: Yonhap news Agency