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2018/02/08 17:02

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The following is the second summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Thursday.

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Moon to meet N. Korean delegates to Pyeongchang on Saturday: Cheong Wa Dae

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet North Korea's government delegates to the PyeongChang Olympic Games this week, his office Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday, highlighting the recent rapprochement between the two Koreas, afforded by the North's participation in the Winter Olympic Games.

The meeting will be held Saturday, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.

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N. Korea apparently holds military parade: gov't source

SEOUL -- North Korea appears to have staged a military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday to mark the founding day of its armed forces, the day before the Winter Olympics begin in South Korea, a government source here said.

"It seems that North Korea opened the parade at 10:30 a.m. (Seoul time)," the source said, requesting anonymity and providing no details.

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(2nd LD) N.K.'s high-level delegation to fly to S. Korea

SEOUL -- North Korea will send its high-level delegation by plane to South Korea this week for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Seoul's unification ministry said Thursday.

The delegation led by the country's nominal head of state Kim Yong-nam will arrive at the international airport in Incheon, west of Seoul, around 1:30 p.m. Friday, the ministry added.

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(3rd LD) S. Korea says exemptions to N.K. sanctions temporary during Olympics

SEOUL -- Exemptions to global sanctions imposed on North Korea will be temporary and only during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

The ministry also said that it will remain committed to the global sanctions regime and will continue to closely consult with the United States and the United Nations on related issues going forward.

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(LEAD) Presidents of S. Korea, Germany agree to increase cooperation

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier agreed Thursday to enhance their countries' cooperation on bilateral and global issues, including climate change and the North Korean nuclear standoff.

The agreement came in a bilateral summit held at Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

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U.N. chief Guterres: N. Korea-U.S. talks 'absolutely necessary, urgent'

SEOUL -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday dialogue between North Korea and the United States is "absolutely necessary" and "urgent" to fend off any possibility of tensions escalating into a sudden crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

He also said a negotiated solution with North Korea is possible if there is a security guarantee for the communist country and other parties involved.

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(Olympics) N. Korean charm offensive goes operational at PyeongChang Olympics

GANGNEUNG -- Many came to get a glimpse of the closely guarded athletes of the North Korean Olympic team Thursday. What they got instead was their first taste of the North's charm offensive at the imminent Winter Games.

An all-female North Korean cheerleader contingent that arrived in South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics officially launched its charm offensive campaign Thursday, performing in front of the international media at Gangneung Olympic Village.

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Gov't to raise 300 bln won for social impact investments

SEOUL -- The government plans to raise 300 billion won (US$275.9 million) over the next five years for social impact investments, officials said Thursday.

Unlike charities or donations, the so-called impact investment is aimed at offering funds to small companies or cooperatives for social causes with financial returns.

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(Movie Review) 'Golden Slumber' loses its way between drama and thriller

SEOUL -- "Golden Slumber" is a good example of what happens when you try to cram too many things into one film.

Kim Geon-woo (played by Gang Dong-won) is a kind and truehearted courier delivery man. He becomes famous after receiving a "model citizen award" from the police for saving a popular idol singer from a robbery attack.

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