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2017/09/26 16:40

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


(LEAD) Moon to meet ruling, opposition leaders over N. Korea late Wednesday

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in will hold a special meeting with the leaders of the ruling and opposition parties this week to discuss bipartisan efforts to end North Korea's nuclear ambitions, an official from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday.

The meeting will be held over dinner Wednesday and will involve the leaders of the ruling Democratic Party and three opposition parties, according to Jun Byung-hun, Moon's top secretary for political affairs.


(LEAD) Moon calls for all-out efforts to eradicate corruption

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for all-out efforts to fight corruption in both the public and private sectors, noting graft may be limiting the country's growth potential.

"I am certain that our potential growth rate will increase when we establish justice in our society," the president said in the inaugural meeting of a new anti-corruption council held at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.


Gov't unveils 7 tln-won plan to cut fine dust by 30 pct by 2022

SEOUL -- The government on Tuesday unveiled a set of measures to reduce fine dust by 30 percent by 2022 including closing aging coal-powered plants, replacing old diesel cars and introducing a new levy on emitters.

The Cabinet approved the pan-governmental plan drawn up by 12 ministries and agencies to curb particulate matter which poses increasing environmental and health risks.


S. Korea urges N.K. to stop provocations, threats, come for talks immediately

SEOUL -- South Korea's foreign ministry on Tuesday urged North Korea stop provocations and threats heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula, calling for its immediate return to the negotiating table to discuss denuclearization.

"The North should realize that it is no other than its nuclear and missile provocations and threatening words that cause tensions to rise on the Korean Peninsula," foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk told a regular press briefing.


S. Korean duty-free store to close down business amid THAAD row

SEOUL -- A South Korean duty-free store will shut down this week amid a sharp drop in the number of Chinese tourists following a diplomatic row over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system here, officials said Tuesday.

Hana B&D, located at the Pyeongtaek port, some 70 kilometers south of Seoul, will end operations Saturday, according to city officials.

The company asked the city to terminate the contract Sept. 1, citing difficulties in running the store due to a sharp decline in the number of Chinese tourists, they said.


S. Korea, Japan discuss ways to boost business ties

SEOUL -- Business leaders of South Korea and Japan gathered in Seoul on Tuesday to discuss ways to step up collaboration in the technology and energy sectors, as well as in facilitating multilateral free trade with other Asian nations.

About 300 businessmen from major companies attended the meeting hosted by the Korea-Japan Economic Association in downtown Seoul to share views on the next technological revolution and other industrial issues.


No country has opted out of PyeongChang Olympics for security reasons: Seoul

SEOUL -- Not a single country has officially decided not to join the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics so far despite tension over North Korea's provocations, the foreign ministry here said Tuesday, vowing to ensure the safety of the global sports event.

"The South Korean government is making the utmost efforts to make the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics safe events," foreign ministry spokesman Nok Kyu-duk said in a press briefing. "Regarding the concerns some countries have expressed on the security situation, the government is proactively conveying this stance to them and will continue to do so in the future,"



Comfort women monument not in breach of deal with Japan: Seoul

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's plan to install a memorial monument for women sexually enslaved by the imperial Japanese army during World War II does not run counter to the country's 2015 agreement signed with Japan to settle the wartime atrocity issue, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

The stance came in response to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga's criticism of the South Korean gender ministry's plan to build a memorial monument at the National Mang-Hyang Cemetery, a resting place in Cheonan, central South Korea, for Korean compatriots who died in foreign lands and World War II sex slaves, also known as "comfort women," within the year.