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2017/08/07 11:58

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

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(LEAD) Moon notes need for maximum pressure on N. Korea in talks with Trump

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Monday stressed the need for maximum pressure on North Korea to induce a change in its behavior and encourage it to choose the "right path," an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

"President Moon and President Trump shared concerns over North Korea's evolving nuclear capabilities, and agreed their countries must put maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea under cooperation with the international community to have North Korea give up its nuclear and missile programs, and choose the right path," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun said of a telephone conversation between the two leaders held early Monday (Seoul time).

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Opposition leader renews calls for redeployment of U.S. tactical nukes

SEOUL -- The leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Monday renewed calls for South Korea to open talks with the United States over the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons to counter North Korea's growing nuclear threats.

Hong Joon-pyo reiterated that peace on the Korean Peninsula can be achieved through a "balance of power," dismissing President Moon Jae-in's pursuit of dialogue and rapprochement with the North as "unrealistic."

  

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Opposition party calls for closer N.K. policy coordination with U.S.

SEOUL -- The leader of the minor opposition People's Party called Monday for closer policy coordination with the United States on how to deal with North Korea, claiming Washington is increasingly bypassing Seoul in its handling of Pyongyang.

Rep. Park Joo-sun, the party's interim leader, made the appeal during a party meeting, noting that while South Korean President Moon Jae-in was on vacation, the U.S. led the U.N. Security Council to approve a package of fresh sanctions on the North and that U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster spoke about a "preventive war" with the communist nation.

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(LEAD) N. Korea's foreign minister claims S. Korea's offer for talks lacks sincerity

MANILA -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho has claimed that South Korea's recent offer for talks lacks sincerity in his brief encounter with Seoul's top diplomat on the sidelines of an Asian security forum, a government source said Monday.

Ri was referring to Seoul's recent offer to hold military talks aimed at easing tensions across the border and resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The North has not responded to the overtures.

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Electronics firms to join gov't arms procurement deal for 1st time

SEOUL -- The South Korean government has allowed electronics companies to join a weapons procurement project with a foreign contractor for the first time, enabling them to sell products in return for a contract, an industry source said Monday.

Under an "offset" procurement program, a foreign contractor is obliged to undertake local investment or buy local products when they sign a weapons deal with the South Korean government.

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Public institutions H1 hiring falls short of target

SEJONG -- Public institutions hired some 9,730 people in the first half of this year, missing the target for the period and falling under the average of previous years, government data showed Monday.

According to All Public Information in One (ALIO), a government portal, public organizations newly employed 9,739 people in the January-June months, accounting for 49 percent of the 19,862 new workers they planned to hire for the entire year. The initial goal was to meet 55.9 percent of the target by the midway point.

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(3rd LD) S. Korean Kim In-kyung wins Ricoh Women's British Open for 1st LPGA major

SEOUL -- South Korean Kim In-kyung has captured her first LPGA major title in Scotland.

Kim held off Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England to win the Ricoh Women's British Open by two strokes at Fife, Scotland, on Sunday (local time), after carding a one-under 71 at the par-72 Kingsbarns Golf Links. Kim finished at 18-under 270, one shy of the tournament record in relation to par.

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