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Yonhap News Summary

2017/11/07 13:05

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

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Moon welcomes Trump at U.S. military base

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a surprise visit to a U.S. military base to personally welcome U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday in a move that highlights the two countries' alliance of over 60 years.

The previously unannounced visit came as Trump began his two-day state visit to South Korea at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, after arriving at Osan Air Base.

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(LEAD) S. Korean foreign minister calls for peaceful, diplomatic resolution to N.K. issue

SEOUL -- South Korea's foreign minister has renewed her call for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of North Korea's nuclear issue, strongly opposing any military action that could lead to a second war on the Korean Peninsula.

In an interview with U.S. broadcaster NBC, Kang Kyung-wha said, "Military options are there to give strength to diplomacy," not to be used against the North.

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Prosecutors investigate bribery allegations involving ex-aide of presidential secretary

SEOUL -- Prosecutors conducted raids Tuesday in connection with suspicions that a former aide to a current senior presidential secretary received kickbacks from a local home shopping channel when the presidential secretary was a lawmaker.

Investigators searched the former aide's home as well as the office of the Korea e-Sports Association, where the presidential secretary served as chairman, after confirming that the association received 300 million won (US$269,930) in donations from Lotte Homeshopping, officials said.

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(LEAD) S. Korea picked to establish UNESCO documentary heritage center

SEOUL -- South Korea said Tuesday it has been selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to establish an institute for its documentary heritage register.

The International Center for Documentary Heritage (ICDH) will be built in Cheongju, 137 kilometers south of Seoul. The proposal was approved at the 39th general meeting of the UNESCO held in Paris on Monday (Paris time), according to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety.

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Ex-defense minister grilled over political interference

SEOUL -- Former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin was questioned by prosecutors Tuesday over his alleged involvement in a military scheme aimed at meddling in domestic politics under the Lee Myung-bak government.

Kim, 68, is accused of being involved in military-led cyberoperations that had officers post Internet comments to sway public opinion in favor of the Lee administration and its policies and to malign political opponents.

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Prosecutors raid Woori Bank head office over illicit hiring allegations

SEOUL -- Prosecutors said Tuesday they raided the headquarters of Woori Bank in central Seoul as part of their probe into alleged illicit recruitment of staff.

The Seoul Northern District Prosecutors' Office sent its investigators to confiscate documents and other evidence from the bank chief's office and its human resources department, it said.

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Cigarette price hike shows intended effect on low income earners, youths: study

SEOUL -- The cigarette price hike in 2015 has been effective in discouraging smoking in low income earners and youths, but not for people with high earnings, a survey said Tuesday.

A public health and nutrition study by the Ministry of Health and Welfare said the smoking rate among the low-income male population fell from 45.9 percent in 2014 to 40.6 percent the following year. It rose slightly to 41.1 percent in 2016.

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