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2017/06/13 13:46

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

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S. Korea concludes sex slavery victims still have individual rights to sue Japan despite gov't deal

SEOUL -- Despite a 2015 deal between South Korea and Japan to end a bilateral feud over colonial-era sexual enslavement, its South Korean victims still have individual rights to sue the Japanese government for compensation, Seoul has recently concluded.

The government submitted the position to the Seoul Central District Court in late April upon the court's order to define the legal effectiveness of the agreement signed in December 2015.

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(LEAD) President to meet ruling, opposition party lawmakers over supplementary budget

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in was set to hold a meeting with ruling and opposition party leaders of parliamentary committees Tuesday in the latest attempt to rally support for a supplementary budget currently opposed by the main opposition party.

The meeting will be held over lunch at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, according to officials there.

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(2nd LD) Professor injured from parcel explosion

SEOUL -- A university professor was injured from an unidentified blast that went off from a parcel delivery, the police said Tuesday.

The explosion occurred in the professor's office located at an engineering faculty building of Yonsei University in western Seoul around 8:41 a.m., according to the police.

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S. Korea mulling over how to reopen inter-Korean communication channel

SEOUL -- South Korea's unification ministry said Tuesday it is mulling over how to reopen an inter-Korean communication hotline, which was severed early last year following North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

In February 2016, North Korea cut off two inter-Korean communication channels as it expelled remaining South Koreans from a joint industrial park in response to South Korea's closure of the Kaesong complex.

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S. Korea OKs additional civilian exchanges with N. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea on Tuesday approved three additional requests by local aid providers to contact North Koreans despite the North's rejection of civilian inter-Korean exchanges, government officials said.

The move reflects Seoul's resolve to seek civilian engagements with North Korea even as Pyongyang has turned down South Korean civic groups' offer for exchanges.

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Gov't may tighten control on auto, indemnity medical insurance premiums

SEOUL -- Insurers are likely to face difficulty in raising premiums on auto and indemnity medical insurance as the government of President Moon Jae-in is considering a plan to tighten controls on products, officials said Tuesday.

The move, which appears to be aimed at easing financial burdens of low-income people, is expected to take shape as Moon appoints a new head of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), the nation's top financial regulator.

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U.S. leaves 'all options' on table in dealing with N.K. missile threat: report

SEOUL -- The United States will leave "all options" on the table in responding to a threatened intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test by North Korea, a State Department spokesperson was quoted Tuesday as saying.

Katina Adams made the remark after North Korea warned Saturday that it is "not too far away" from test-firing an ICBM capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

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Opposition parties object to extra budget bill

SEOUL -- Three opposition parties on Tuesday voiced their disapproval for a 11.2 trillion-won (US$9.9 billion) extra budget bill aimed mainly at creating jobs in the public sector, reiterating it does not meet legal requirements.

The move came a day after President Moon Jae-in made an emphatic call for parliamentary support for the bill, saying "unemployment, if left unattended, could lead to a crisis equivalent to national disaster."

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