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2017/12/05 12:18

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

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(LEAD) Senior U.N. official to visit N. Korea this week

NEW YORK/SEOUL -- A senior United Nations official will visit North Korea this week for "wide-ranging" discussions, a spokesman said Monday, amid heightened tensions over the regime's latest missile test.

Jeffrey Feltman, undersecretary general for political affairs, will travel to Pyongyang Tuesday to discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern" with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and others, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. He plans to stay for four days.

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Body of ill-fated fishing boat's captain found on shore: authorities

INCHEON -- Authorities said Tuesday that they have found the body of the ill-fated fishing boat's captain on the west coast of Incheon, two days after his vessel capsized, leaving 13 people dead and one still missing.

The body has been confirmed as that of the Seongchang-1's captain, identified only by his last name Oh, by his son, according to the Coast Guard. He was found lying on the mudflat at around 9:40 a.m., about 3 kilometers southwest of the accident site, with his black clothes intact, it said.

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Banks' loan delinquency rate edges up in October

SEOUL -- The delinquency rate of South Korean banks' won-denominated loans edged up in October due to a slight rise in the number of people who failed to repay their debts, government data showed Tuesday.

The rate for bank loans more than 30 days overdue stood at 0.48 percent at the end of October, up 0.05 percentage point from a month earlier, according to the data by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS).

Compared to a year ago, however, the rate was down 0.33 percentage point, it said.

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U.S. weekly Time shortlists Kim, Trump for Person of the Year

WASHINGTON -- U.S. weekly Time on Monday announced the 10 finalists for this year's Person of the Year, including North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The two leaders were shortlisted along with other people deemed to have most influenced the news during the year.

"The North Korean leader has renewed the threat of nuclear war in American minds, launching repeated intercontinental ballistic missile tests and exchanging threats and insults with President Trump, who dubbed him 'Rocket Man,'" Time said.

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S. Korea looking to defend regional football title, test players ahead of 2018 World Cup

SEOUL -- South Korea will try to defend their regional football title and test players in Japan this week ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

South Korea, led by head coach Shin Tae-yong, will compete at the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship that features North Korea, China and Japan. The men's competition will be staged at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo from Saturday to Dec. 16.

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Listed firms' dividend payouts to hit new high this year

SEOUL -- South Korean listed firms' dividend payouts are expected to reach a record high this year on their strong earnings and moves to return more to investors, market watchers said Tuesday.

Their regular dividend payouts alone are tipped to amount to at least 22 trillion won (US$20.2 billion), raising expectations their total payments may exceed a record 27 trillion won this year, they said.

Profitable companies usually pay out dividends at the end of the fiscal year, and some corporations shell out interim dividends on a quarterly basis.

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BTS ranks 28th on Billboard Hot 100 with 'Mic Drop'

   SEOUL -- K-pop group BTS' latest song "Mic Drop" has reached No. 28 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart making it the first Korean boy band to join the crucial top-40 list, according to the U.S. music publication.

"Mic Drop," featuring hip-hop artist Desiigner and remixed by Steve Aoki, debuted on the Billboard main chart, backed by 9.8 million first-week U.S. streams and 45,000 downloads for the week of Dec. 16, Billboard reported on Monday (U.S. time).

The song, originally listed on the album "Love Yourself: Her," was released again as a remix on Nov. 24.

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S. Korea regrets Japan not taking promised follow-up measures after UNESCO listing

SEOUL -- South Korea expressed regret on Tuesday over Japan not taking proper measures to commemorate the victims of its colonial-era forced labor as part of its promised follow-up action after some of its modern industrial facilities were listed as UNESCO heritage.

"The government expresses regret over the implementation report that Japan recently submitted as part of its follow-up measures on the world heritage listing of its modern industrial facilities," the foreign ministry said in a commentary issued in the name of its spokesman.

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S Korean judge elected head of ICC's decision-making body

SEOUL -- A South Korea judge has been elected the head of the highest decision-making body of the International Criminal Court, the foreign ministry in Seoul said Tuesday.

Kwon O-gon, former vice president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), was chosen to lead the ICC's Assembly of States Parties for three years, according to the ministry.

The Assembly of States Parties is the ICC's highest decision-making body in charge of picking judges and prosecutors for the court, as well as managing and overseeing the organization.

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