Samsung walks fine line in addressing cancers linked to building chips

The South Korean tech company’s vice chairman said leaders ‘feel regret’ about illnesses, but wouldn’t confirm the link between chemicals used in Samsung employees’ work and cancer.

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A Samsung executive on Wednesday expressed remorse that workers who build the tech giant’s chips have been stricken with cancer, but the South Korean company wouldn’t confirm that their work was the actual cause of their illness.

“We feel regret that a solution for this delicate matter has not been found in a timely manner, and we would like to use this opportunity to express our sincerest apology to the affected people,” Samsung vice chairman Kwon Oh-hyun said in a statement emailed to the Associated Press and other news outlets.

Oh-hyun said Samsung would compensate families of affected workers.

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