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Yonhap News Summary

2017/11/14 13:30

The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Tuesday.

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N. Korea vows to continue nuclear program amid major U.S. drill

WASHINGTON -- North Korea vowed Monday to continue its pursuit of nuclear missiles in the wake of the United States' rare deployment of three aircraft carrier groups near the Korean Peninsula.

In a letter addressed to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Ja Song-nam, Pyongyang's top envoy to the U.N., said the carrier groups' joint exercises with South Korea were creating "the worst ever situation" in the region, according to foreign news reports.

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(2nd LD) N. Korean soldier used car to defect to S. Korea: UNC

SEOUL -- An apparent North Korean soldier who defected to South Korea via the truce village of Panmunjom earlier this week drove a car to the area, the authorities said Tuesday.

"(He) then exited the vehicle and continued fleeing south" across the military demarcation line (MDL) after being shot by North Korean troops, according to the United Nations Command (UNC).

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(2nd LD) U.N. adopts Olympic Truce for PyeongChang Winter Olympics

NEW YORK -- The United Nations General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution calling for the peaceful running of the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea's PyeongChang.

The resolution, also known as the "Olympic Truce," is adopted every two years ahead of the Summer and Winter Olympic games to declare a truce and safe passage for all participants during the athletic events.

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U.S. open to dialogue with N.K. over denuclearization: U.S. gov't

SEOUL -- The U.S. government confirmed Monday that it intends to initiate dialogue with North Korea as far as its denuclearization is concerned, a U.S. broadcaster reported.

"We remain open to dialogue with the DPRK, with the aim of returning to serious and meaningful negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Katina Adams, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, was cited as saying by Voice of America. DPRK is short for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

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U.S. envoy on N.K. nuclear issue to visit South Korea

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Yonhap) -- Joseph Yun, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, will arrive in Seoul Tuesday for a four-day visit, U.S. embassy officials said.

He is to attend a forum on Northeast Asia in Seoul and a U.N. conference on disarmament in the southern resort island of Jeju, they said.

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(LEAD) S. Korean leader calls for efforts to build regional community with ASEAN

MANILA -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for stepped-up efforts Tuesday to form a regional community among Southeast Asian countries and three Northeast Asian nations including China and Japan.

The call came at an annual summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), known as the ASEAN Plus Three. The regional forum involves the leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries, plus the leaders of South Korea, Japan and China. The meeting came one day after the South Korean leader held a bilateral summit with ASEAN.

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Trump to make statement on N. Korea, trade

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he will make a statement on North Korea and trade issues following his return to Washington from Asia this week.

Speaking to reporters before a trilateral meeting with the Australian and Japanese leaders in Manila, the Philippines, Trump cited "a lot of big progress" on trade during his five-nation Asia trip that ends Tuesday.

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Appeals court upholds jail term for ex-health minister involved in Park scandal

SEOUL -- An appellate court on Tuesday upheld the sentence of two and a half years prison for a former health and welfare minister in connection with a corruption scandal involving ousted President Park Geun-hye.

The Seoul High Court delivered the sentence to the 61-year-old Moon Hyung-pyo, who is accused of pressuring the National Pension Service (NPS) to approve a controversial merger of two Samsung units deemed vital for a smooth leadership transfer to the group's heir Lee Jae-yong.

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Ex-spy chief placed under emergency detention over alleged illegal payments to Park aides

SEOUL -- A former head of the national spy agency was placed under emergency detention on Tuesday over allegations that his agency paid billions of won of its off-book funds to two aides of then-President Park Geun-hye during his term.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said it has decided to detain Lee Byung-kee, former head of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), after "considering all circumstances" surrounding its investigation. The prosecutors' office will determine later whether to apply for a formal arrest warrant for Lee.

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BTS makes guest appearance on CBS late night talk show

SEOUL -- K-pop boy group BTS takes the U.S. TV shows by storm this month.

Its agency, Big Hit Entertainment, said Tuesday that the K-pop sensation will take part in the recording of CBS's "The Late Late Show With James Corden" Wednesday (local time) as its first promotional activities during its visit to the U.S. to perform at the American Music Awards (AMAs) on Nov. 19.

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S. Korea heads to Tokyo for inaugural regional baseball tourney

SEOUL -- The South Korean national baseball team headed to Tokyo on Tuesday for an inaugural regional tournament this week.

Manager Sun Dong-yol and his 25-man squad will compete at the Asia Professional Baseball Championship (APBC), which will run from Thursday to Sunday.

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Gov't unveils new safety rules on drone flight

SEJONG -- The government has unveiled a new set of safety standards for drone flying following the recent revision of a related law, the transport ministry said Tuesday.

The amended aviation safety law came into force last week, allowing drones to fly at night or beyond the pilot's visual line of sight once safety requirements are met.

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GFriend wins Best Korea Act on MTV

SEOUL -- K-pop girl group GFriend is crowned Best Korea Act of MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA), its agency said Tuesday.

Source Music said the six-member act became the first girl group to receive the award since its inception in 2013, beating K-pop rivals such as Wanna One, Highlight, Mamamoo and Seventeen.

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TCL to start sales of BlackBerry smartphone in S Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea's unit of Chinese tech giant TCL Corp. said Tuesday it will start sales of the black edition of BlackBerry's KEYone smartphone here starting next month.

The KEYone, which marks the first BlackBerry smartphone to be released in the market after TCL's purchase of the brand last year, runs on Google's Android platform and comes with a QWERTY keypad.

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