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2018/08/13 18:21

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

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(4th LD) Koreas agree to hold summit in Pyongyang in September

PANMUNJOM/SEOUL -- South and North Korea agreed Monday to hold a summit meeting between their leaders in Pyongyang in September.

The agreement was made during high-level talks on the northern side of Panmunjom that separates the two Koreas. They, however, did not unveil the date of the meeting.

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(LEAD) Next Moon-Kim summit likely in mid or late September: Cheong Wa Dae

SEOUL -- The proposed summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will likely be held in mid or late September, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Monday, hours after high-level officials from the two Koreas agreed to hold the inter-Korean summit next month.

"To add a little, I believe (holding the summit) in early September might be a little difficult when considering realistic conditions," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters.

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UNC, N. Korea to hold talks over returning body of N. Korean resident

SEOUL -- The U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) and North Korea's military will hold working-level talks this week over the return of the body of a North Korean resident recovered last year near a border island, a source said Monday.

The two sides will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on Tuesday.

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U.S. ambassador says 'too early' for talk of end-of-war declaration

SEOUL -- U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris said Monday that it is "too early" to move toward the declaration of a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, a demand Pyongyang has made apparently to help ensure the security of its regime.

His remarks appear to reflect Washington's position that the communist regime should first take tangible steps toward denuclearization, such as a declaration of its nuclear and missile programs, before any serious talks on the declaration of the war's end can emerge.

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(LEAD) S. Korea to beef up punitive damages against carmakers

SEOUL -- South Korea's government and ruling party lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would strengthen punitive damages against carmakers amid lingering public safety concern about BMW cars, officials said Monday.

Youn Kwan-suk, a lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party and a member of the parliamentary committee on Land, Infrastructure and Transport, said officials and lawmakers will hold meetings to work out details. No specific time frame has been given.

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Executive chief of largest Buddhist sect refuses to resign soon despite corruption allegations

SEOUL -- The executive head of South Korea's largest Buddhist order on Monday rejected calls for his immediate resignation over a series of corruption allegations.

Ven. Seoljeong, the executive chief of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, said he will instead start working on a reform plan before leaving his current post at the end of this year.

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(Asian Games) Unified Korean teams' races in rowing, canoeing not available on TV

SEOUL -- When South and North Korea compete as one in rowing and canoeing races at the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia, viewers in South Korea won't be able to follow the action on television.

The Korean Broadcasters Association (KBA) said Monday that no feed for canoeing sprint and rowing events will be available during the Aug. 18-Sept. 2 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.

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(Asian Games) Joint Korean hoops coach says players united in pursuit of common goal

INCHEON -- Though they've only been training together for a dozen days, the players on the joint Korean women's basketball team are firmly united in the pursuit of a common goal at the Asian Games, their head coach said Monday.

"It feels like we've been together for three, four months," Lee Moon-kyu told reporters at Incheon International Airport before taking his team to Jakarta for the Asian Games. The opening ceremony is Saturday, but the unified Korean team's first preliminary game is Wednesday against Indonesia.

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(Asian Games) S. Korea set to start title defense in men's football

SEOUL -- South Korea will embark on their title defense campaign in men's football at the Asian Games this week.

The under-23 national football team, led by head coach Kim Hak-bum, landed in Indonesia on Saturday to compete at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.

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