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2017/11/01 13:30

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

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(2nd LD) Trump not to visit Korean demilitarized zone: senior official

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump will not visit the Korean demilitarized zone when he travels to South Korea next week, a senior U.S. government official said Tuesday.

Speculation had been rife that Trump may visit the de facto border between the two Koreas to send a message to Pyongyang amid its nuclear and ballistic missile threats.

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S. Korea to build great trust, economic cooperation with Russia: new envoy

SEOUL -- South Korea's Moon Jae-in government is planning to build great trust with Russia, which could play an important role in resolving North Korea's nuclear issue, the new ambassador to Russia said Wednesday.

"Both countries have worked hard over the past several years, but the level (of their trust) has been short of satisfactory," Ambassador Woo Yoon-keun told reporters before leaving for Russia next week. "The new (South Korean) government is planning to build a relationship of groundbreakingly (strong) trust with Russia."

  

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(3rd LD) S. Korea's exports rise 7.1 pct in Oct. on strong demand for semiconductors

SEJONG -- South Korea's exports jumped 7.1 percent in October from a year earlier on the back of strong demand for semiconductors, ships and petrochemical products, government data showed Wednesday.

Outbound shipments came to US$45 billion for October, up from $41.9 billion tallied a year earlier, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Korea Customs Service.

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N. Korea's grain imports from China dives in September

SEOUL -- North Korea's grain imports from China in September tumbled about 40 percent from the month before, a U.S. broadcaster reported Wednesday.

The North brought in 17,375 tons of grain from China in September, Voice of America said citing China's General Administration of Customs.

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Man indicted for raping, killing daughter's friend

SEOUL -- A 35-year-old man, once praised as a devoted father caring for his ailing daughter but now probed as a suspect in the rape and murder of her friend, was indicted Wednesday on a number of charges that could lead to life in prison or the death sentence.

The prosecution charged Lee Young-hak with rape and homicide of a minor, indecent act by force, enticement, drug use and abandonment of a body, according to the Seoul Northern District Prosecutors' Office.

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Opposition party calls THAAD deal with China 'humiliating diplomacy'

   SEOUL -- The minor opposition Bareun Party criticized the government Wednesday for reaching what it calls a "humiliating" deal with China to end the row over South Korea's hosting of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system.

South Korea and China announced the deal Tuesday, ending more than a year of tensions sparked by Seoul's decision to host a THAAD battery to better defend against North Korea. China strongly protested the decision and took a series of economic retaliatory measures.

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Seoul hopes Koreas can exchange views on PyeongChang games this week

SEOUL -- South Korea on Wednesday voiced hope that sports officials from the two Koreas could exchange views about North Korea's possible participation in the PyeongChang Winter Games on the sidelines of this week's international Olympic meeting.

North Korea's Olympic Committee Chairman Kim Il-guk and his South Korean counterpart Lee Kee-heung will attend the 22nd general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees to be held in Prague on Thursday and Friday.

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Resolution on N. Korean human rights submitted to U.N. committee for approval

NEW YORK/SEOUL -- A draft resolution on North Korea's human rights violation was submitted to the United Nations' Third Committee for approval, calling for the referral of the country's rights violations to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The resolution, drafted by the European Union and Japan, was submitted Tuesday (New York time) and will be circulated among the U.N. member countries before the Third Committee processes it for approval around Nov. 14, according to U.N. sources.

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(3rd LD) Moon says S. Korea will neither develop nor possess nuclear arms

SEOUL -- South Korea will neither develop nor possess nuclear arms, President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday, amid conservative opposition parties' call to redeploy U.S. tactical nuclear weapons.

Moon also renewed his call on North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions.

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S. Korean stocks trade higher late Wednesday morning

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korean stocks traded higher Wednesday morning helped mostly by technology shares.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose 29.86 points, or 1.18 percent, to 2,553.29 as of 11:15 a.m.

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