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2017/12/06 17:03

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

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(LEAD) S. Korean president to hold talks with China's Xi over N. Korea next week

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in is set to travel to China next week for a bilateral summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday, a meeting that will likely focus on ways to rein in North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile technologies.

The South Korean leader will head to Beijing next Wednesday for a four-day trip that will also take him to China's southwestern city of Chongqing. It will mark his first trip to China and his second state visit to a foreign country since taking office in May.

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(2nd LD) B-1B, F-22 jets hold attack drills in Korea

SEOUL -- The U.S. Air Force's B-1B Lancer strategic bomber aircraft and F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets conducted simulated bombing drills in South Korea on Wednesday, a show of the allies' ability and resolve to retaliate against North Korea's provocations, the defense authorities here said.

Several F-35 stealth jets and F-16 fighters of the U.S., as well as F-15Ks and KF-16s of the South, joined the exercise at the Pilsung Firing Range in Gangwon Province, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

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Moon says N. Korea walking on thin ice, but peaceful end still possible

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in reiterated his determination to peacefully end North Korea's nuclear ambitions Wednesday, saying the communist state is walking on thin ice, but a peaceful solution is still possible.

"The South-North Korean relations are still not so good. The tension between the South and the North is at its peak, and so it is a very cautious situation as if we are walking on thin ice," the president said while meeting with the leaders of seven leading religious orders, including the Buddhist, Protestant and Catholic faiths.

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Ex-vice culture minister gets 3 years in jail in influence-peddling scandal

SEOUL -- A former vice culture minister was sentenced to three years in jail Wednesday for his involvement in an influence-peddling scandal that led to the removal of President Park Geun-hye from office in March.

The Seoul Central District Court found Kim Chong, an ex-vice minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism from 2013-2016, guilty of abuse of power and other charges. He was indicted in October and has been under pre-sentencing detention.

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Finance minister vows to create more jobs

SEOUL -- South Korea's chief economic policymaker vowed Wednesday to create more jobs even though the employment situation is not favorable at present.

In a meeting with a group of employees of a local firm in southern Seoul, Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said the government's top priority is to generate good jobs. "This year's economic growth is expected to top 3 percent and exports remain bullish," Kim said. "But employment conditions are still facing difficulties."

  

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Cheong Wa Dae displays caution toward intensifying penalty for alcohol-related crimes

SEOUL -- The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae expressed a wariness to strengthen the punishment for crimes committed under the influence of alcohol Wednesday, noting the move may lead to unnecessarily harsh penalties for all alcohol-related crimes.

The reaction came in response to a petition posted on the website of Cheong Wa Dae that drew support from over 200,000 people. The presidential office has promised to offer a response to any petition with signatories that exceed the threshold in less than 30 days.

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Gov't to spend 144.5 bln won on recovery projects in quake-hit Pohang

SEOUL -- The government will spend 144.5 billion won (US$132 million) on projects to rebuild homes and other facilities damaged by last month's earthquake in the southeastern city of Pohang, officials said Wednesday.

The Ministry of Interior and Safety unveiled the recovery plan, saying the 5.4 magnitude quake of Nov. 15 caused a total of 55.1 billion won worth of property damage. The quake destroyed 331 homes and damaged 228 homes. Schools and other public facilities suffered 25.7 billion won worth of damage, officials said.

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