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Yonhap News Summary

2017/03/14 17:16

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


(2nd LD) Prosecution to summon Park on corruption charges

SEOUL -- Prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to summon former President Park Geun-hye this week for questioning over a corruption scandal.

Park is suspected of having colluded with her friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from Samsung Group and other conglomerates. The scandal led to her impeachment by parliament in December and the Constitutional Court's subsequent decision to permanently remove her from office last week.


Acting president orders vigilance against N.K. provocations

SEOUL -- Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn ordered troops Tuesday to be on guard against North Korea's possible provocations in the wake of President Park Geun-hye's ouster.

Hwang made the remark during a visit to the wartime command post of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where South Korea-U.S. military drills are under way.


(2nd LD) S. Korean security chief to visit U.S. for talks on N. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea's presidential national security adviser will visit the United States this week for talks with his counterpart on North Korea, the presidential office here said Tuesday.

During his two-day visit to Washington, Kim Kwan-jin, chief of the National Security Office, will meet with H.R. McMaster, the U.S. national security adviser, to discuss joint efforts to counter Pyongyang's growing missile and nuclear threats, the office said.


N. Korea calls for U.N. reform, berates UNSC as puppet of U.S.

SEOUL -- North Korea on Tuesday called for the reform of the United Nations as its earlier attempt to make the ongoing South Korea-U.S. joint military drills an agenda item at the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) has failed.

"The Security Council has degenerated into a puppet of (the United States) and a maid of hegemonism," the Rodong Sinmun, a daily of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary titled, "The U.N. Should Be Reformed As Befitted Its Mission."



Samsung to review holding company structure regardless of chief's detention

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. has been considering whether to transition into a holding company structure, regardless of the leadership vacuum caused by the detention of its de facto chief, Lee Jae-yong, a senior company executive said Tuesday.

Samsung announced last November that it will review a possible switch to a holding company structure, but some analysts said the move may be delayed as Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., was arrested on Feb. 17 over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that ousted former President Park Geun-hye.


IOC President Bach receives honorary degree at nat'l sports university

SEOUL -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Tuesday received an honorary doctorate from South Korea's only national sports university.

Korea National Sport University (KNSU) conferred the doctoral degree in physical education on Bach in a ceremony at its Seoul campus, recognizing the German's role in the development of sports and his contribution to global peace through the Olympic Games. Bach, 63, has been leading the Olympic body since 2013.


(Yonhap Interview) Turi Simeti captures minimalist beauty on shaped canvas

SEOUL -- A young Turi Simeti often spent his time at the beach, basked in Sicily's brilliant, intense sunlight. The natural environment which he grew up in might be one -- if not the only -- factor that served as the cornerstone of his artwork.

One of Italy's most admired contemporary artists, Simeti is widely known for his expressive, even poetic, play with light and protruding objects on monochromatic canvas, a life of work that spans almost 60 years.