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The WTO published the South Korean complaints yesterday, two days after US President Donald Trump signed the steep tariffs into law. He billed the move as a way to protect American jobs but the solar industry said it would lead to thousands of layoffs and raise consumer prices.
The 30 percent tariff on solar panels was among the first unilateral trade restrictions imposed by the Trump administration as part of a broader protectionist agenda aimed at helping US manufacturers, but which has alarmed Asian trading partners that produce lower cost goods.
South Korea challenged the US tariffs under the WTO’s Safeguard Agreement, leaving open the possibility of a full trade dispute later.
The agreement gives the US 30 days to settle the matter, after which South Korea has a 60-day window to impose trade sanctions, if the US measures break WTO rules. It was not clear if the United States could challenge that assumption.
Seoul is already seeking WTO trade sanctions to retaliate for Washington’s failure to comply with an earlier WTO ruling.
On Wednesday US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross brushed off the threat of South Korea going to the WTO.
“The fact that they may get a favorable decision (at the WTO) doesn’ mean that it’s a correct decision Derrick Henry Jersey ,” he said. “But in any event there’s been no decision yet so it’s a little bit too early to assume that the safeguards will be knocked out.”
No country has ever negotiated a settlement under the WTO safeguard rules, and it was not clear if they could provide a quicker result than a full dispute, which could take three years or more, giving US manufacturers a long period of protection from competition by their South Korean rivals.
Under WTO rules, a country can impose safeguards — temporary emergency tariffs — to shield its domestic industry from an sudden, unforeseen and damaging surge in imports.
Ricardo Melndez-Ortiz Jack Conklin Jersey , head of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, said the solar tariffs would fail to boost US solar manufacturing and would destroy US jobs while impeding the fight against climate change.
“These tariffs are insufficient to really generate enough stimulus to create the manufacturing capacity that they are trying to stimulate,” he said.
“It’s just going to slow down the production of sustainable energy and solar in the US, in a big way.”
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The swollen Seine inched even higher on Sunday, keeping Paris on alert, though forecasters said the flooding should peak overnight, leaving a lengthy mop-up job.
The river had risen another 9 centimetres (3.5 inches) in 24 hours by Sunday morning, more than four metres above its normal level, causing headaches for commuters as well as people living near its overflowing banks.
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The Vigicrues flooding watchdog expects the river to peak at between 5.85 and 5.95 metres (19.3 feet) overnight, not quite reaching the 2016 high of 6.1 metres, when priceless artworks had to be evacuated from the Louvre.
But the world's most visited museum was still on alert Sunday, along with the Musee d'Orsay and Orangerie galleries, with the lower level of the Louvre's Islamic arts wing closed to visitors at least until Monday.
A statue of an Algerian French army soldier from the Crimean War named Zouave that has guarded the river at the Pont d'Alma bridge in central Paris since 1910 was drenched up to the thighs in the muddy waters of the Seine.
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Police again warned flooding aficionados against bathing or canoeing in the river, saying it was "forbidden and extremely dangerous".
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Around 1,500 people have been evacuated from their homes in the greater Paris region, according to police, while a similar number of homes are without electricity.
Some basements in Paris began to suffer leaks on Friday, and a health centre in the city's northwestern suburbs Marcus Mariota Jersey , where 86 patients were receiving care, was evacuated because of flooding.
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The December-January period is now the third wettest on record since data collection began in 1900, according to France's meteorological service.
A main commuter line, the RER C, has halted service at Paris stops indefinitely, and some expressways that run alongside the Seine have been closed.
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