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2017/12/19 17:00

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


(LEAD) President Moon goes all out to promote PyeongChang Olympics

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday sought to promote the upcoming Winter Olympic Games to be held here in rare meetings with ordinary citizens and the media.

The president traveled to a venue of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung, using the KTX express train that covers the 277-kilometer distance between Incheon International Airport and PyeongChang in less than two hours. Gangneung is another 15-minute ride from PyeongChang and houses the main ice rink to be used in the Winter Olympic Games.


(LEAD) S. Korean, Japanese FMs discuss ties ahead of Seoul's review of comfort women deal

SEOUL/TOKYO -- The top diplomats of South Korea and Japan held talks on bilateral relations in Tokyo on Tuesday, days before Seoul is expected to unveil the results of its review of a bilateral agreement designed to end a long-running feud over Japan's wartime sexual slavery.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono discussed North Korea's nuclear and missile development and the Seoul-Tokyo relationship reportedly regarding the so-called comfort women deal signed in December 2015 during their talks earlier in the day.


(LEAD) S. Korean, U.S. marines conduct joint winter drill

SEOUL -- Hundreds of South Korean and U.S. marines have teamed up for a winter training in the eastern mountainous region of PyeongChang, South Korea's Marine Corps said Tuesday.

The three-week exercise began Dec. 4 at the Mount Hwangbyeong training camp as part of the Korea Marine Exercise Program.


Pro-Park lawmaker indicted for interfering in news coverage of Sewol sinking

SEOUL -- A former presidential aide to ousted President Park Geun-hye has been indicted without detention for interference in the news coverage of a ferry sinking that claimed more than 300 lives three years ago, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said it has charged independent lawmaker Lee Jung-hyun with violating the broadcasting law.


Korean victim of Japan's wartime sexual slavery dies

SEOUL -- An elderly Korean victim of Japan's wartime sexual slavery passed away on Saturday, putting the number of surviving victims down to 32.

Song Shin-do died at the age of 95, in Tokyo Prefecture, the Seoul-based foundation that deals with the issue said.


Chinese tour agencies resume packages to S. Korea

SEOUL -- China's tourism agencies have resumed sales of tour packages to South Korea, industry sources said Tuesday, in the latest sign of a thaw in the bilateral ties frayed over diplomatic tension.

China's state-owned tour operator CYTS showcased individual and group tours to Seoul, Busan and the southern resort island of Jeju on its website.


S. Korea's ramyeon exports surpass $300 mln

SEOUL -- Exports of South Korean-made instant noodles, or ramyeon, surpassed the US$300 million mark for the first time ever on the back of strong popularity in China, the United States and Southeast Asian nations, trade data showed Tuesday.

Shipments of ramyeon reached $346.43 million in the first 11 months of this year, up a sharp 31.9 percent from a year earlier, according to the numbers compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.


S. Korean stocks finish slightly lower on foreign selling

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks closed slightly lower Tuesday on profit-taking despite an overnight rally on Wall Street, analysts said. The local currency rose against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index dipped 3.35 points, or 0.13 percent, to close at 2,478.53. Trade volume was moderate at 318.2 million shares worth 4.38 trillion won (US$4.04 billion) changing hands, with losers outpacing gainers 509 to 303.


(LEAD) Fans, stars mourn death of SHINee lead singer Jonghyun

SEOUL -- Hundreds of fans and celebrities in Seoul mourned the loss of Kim Jong-hyun, celebrated lead singer of K-pop group SHINee, who apparently took his own life the previous day.

Kim, better known by his stage name Jonghyun, was found unconscious at a hotel in southern Seoul on Monday. He was rushed to a hospital in a state of cardiac arrest but was later pronounced dead. The singer left behind a note describing his harrowing fight against depression.