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FT: Nissan mulls pulling out of South Korea

Jiji Press NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — Nissan Motor Co. is considering pulling out of South Korea as the Japanese automaker’s sales rank among the hardest hit by an escalating diplomatic and trade row between Tokyo and Seoul, the Financial Times reported Friday.

The potential move comes as part of a broader overhaul of Nissan’s global operations, the British newspaper said in an electronic edition.

The automaker has been analyzing whether it should continue selling vehicles in South Korea for several months, but the discussions accelerated significantly as Tokyo-Seoul relations soured, according to the report.

The Financial Times reported that Nissan executives are also assessing the automaker’s future involvement in a factory in the southern South Korean city of Busan owned by Renault Samsung Motors, a unit of France’s Renault SA.

Nissan, an alliance partner of Renault, commissions the Busan plant to manufacture its Rogue SUV for shipment to North America.Speech

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