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Yonhap News Summary

2017/11/28 11:50

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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 to push for regaining OPCON with no withdrawal of U.S. troops

SEOUL -- South Korea will seek to have U.S. forces stay in the South even after it takes over wartime operational control (OPCON) of the country's troops from the United States, Seoul's defense minister said Tuesday.

South Korea is seeking to regain the U.S.-held OPCON of South Korean forces as Seoul and Washington continue consultations for a "conditions-based" transition with no specific deadline.

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Sri Lanka's president arrives in Seoul for state visit

SEOUL -- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Seoul on Tuesday for a summit with President Moon Jae-in, which South Korea hopes will move forward its drive to expand all-round cooperation with South Asian nations.

Sirisena is the third foreign head of state to make a state visit to South Korea since Moon came into office in May. The other two were U.S. President Donald Trump and Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

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Pentagon continues to watch N. Korea 'very closely'

   WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon continues to watch North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile activities "very closely," a spokesman said Monday after a news report claimed the regime may be preparing for another missile launch.

Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted Japanese government sources as saying the North might launch a ballistic missile "within the next few days," based on radio signals.

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Samsung narrows gap with Apple in Q3 smartphone sales

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. narrowed the gap with U.S. tech giant Apple Inc. in terms of smartphone sales in the third quarter, data showed Tuesday, with the South Korean player maintaining a lead in shipments.

According to the data compiled by Strategy Analytics, Apple accounted for 32 percent of the industry's combined revenue in the July-September period, compared with Samsung's share of 23.1 percent. The 8.9 percentage-point gap marks a drop from 15.5 percentage points posted in the third quarter of 2015.

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State pension fund grows sharply over 30 years

SEOUL -- South Korea's state-run pension fund has posted exponential growth since its inception about 30 years ago, but it still has a long way to go in order to serve its intended purpose, analysts said Tuesday.

South Korea adopted the state pension program in 1988 to guarantee income for the elderly after retirement, and to provide coverage for disabilities and surviving family members.

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K-pop group BTS appears on U.S. talk show 'Ellen'

   SEOUL -- K-pop band BTS appeared on American daytime talk program "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and thanked its U.S. fans for their warm support despite language and cultural barriers.

The pre-taped broadcast was aired Monday afternoon (local time) and featured the group's first TV performance of "Mic Drop," which was released last week in a remix by American DJ Steve Aoki and featuring rapper Desiigner.

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