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South Korea frets over U.S. veto on Apple sales ban

The government in Seoul voices its concerns over the "negative impact" of the U.S. government's move to overturn a ban on some older Apple models in the United States.

The South Korean government has voiced its concerns over a decision by the U.S. government to overturn a ban of some Apple models in the United States. 

The Obama administration on Saturday vetoed a court ruling that would have stopped the iPhone maker from selling older versions of its smartphone and iPad in the U.S. market. The decision was made in June by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to implement the limited import ban following a patent infringement dispute with Samsung. 

South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy on Monday released a statement, noting: "We express concerns about the negative impact that such a decision would have on the protection of patent rights."

It called for the Obama administration to make "fair and reasonable decisions," as Samsung faces a possible import ban on its own products in the U.S. following Apple's claims the Korean manufacturer had infringed on its patents. A decision on this case is expected Friday.

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