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2018/11/09 17:05

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

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(3rd LD) Moon replaces finance minister, chief economic adviser

SEOUL, Nov. 9 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in sacked the finance minister and his chief policy adviser Friday after the two top economic policymakers openly displayed a serious rift over how to handle the slumping economy.

Moon named Hong Nam-ki, an economic technocrat who is currently serving as chief of the Office for Government Policy Coordination under the Prime Minister's Office, to replace Kim Dong-yeon as finance minister and deputy prime minister for economic affairs, Cheong Wa Dae said.

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N. Korea, U.S. rescheduling high-level talks: Seoul's top diplomat

SEOUL -- North Korea and the United States are trying to set a new date for a meeting between their top officials, Seoul's foreign minister said Friday in response to skepticism about momentum in denuclearization talks.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was supposed to meet Kim Yong-chol, a senior aide to the North's leader Kim Jong-un, in New York this week.

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S. Korea, China reach 2019 fisheries agreement

SEOUL -- South Korea and China reached an agreement on their annual fisheries quota in each other's exclusive waters for next year, the Seoul government said Friday.

The agreement was reached at the 18th round of bilateral talks held in the southeastern port city of Busan from Tuesday to Friday, according to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.

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(LEAD) Koreas to hold second meeting of joint road research group Monday

SEOUL -- South and North Korea agreed to hold a second meeting of their joint road research group on Monday in the North's border city of Kaesong, the Ministry of Unification said Friday.

Lee Eugene, deputy spokeswoman of the ministry, said that the agreement was reached after North Korea proposed the second meeting on inter-Korean road connection and modernization via the inter-Korean liaison office.

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Unification minister to visit U.S. next week to discuss peninsula peace

SEOUL -- South Korea's minister in charge of inter-Korean cooperation will visit the United States next week to discuss bringing permanent peace to the Korean Peninsula, his office said Friday.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon will visit Washington D.C. and New York from Nov. 13-17 to attend the 2018 Korea Global Forum and meet with U.S. government officials and lawmakers, the ministry said.

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S. Korea, U.S. aim for deal next week on sharing USFK cost

SEOUL --- South Korea said Friday it will hold another round of negotiations with the United States next week on sharing the cost of stationing American troops on the peninsula.

The two sides are running out of time for an agreement. The existing accord is to expire at the end of this year.

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(News Focus) S. Korea's Team Kim curlers claim unfair treatment by coaches

SEOUL -- After a fairy tale, it's now an adult drama.

South Korean curlers who became a global sensation at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics with their surprising silver medal run are now claiming that they've received irregular, unfair treatment by their coaches as their success story is taking a new turn.

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