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2017/12/19 14:08

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


Authorities say possible bacterial infection could be cause of newborns' deaths

SEOUL -- Health authorities said early Tuesday that three of the four newborns who died in an intensive care unit last week may have been infected with suspected antibiotics-resistant bacteria.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDCP) revealed its interim results on the blood culture tests of the three premature babies, who died within two hours while being treated at the intensive care unit of Ewha Womans University Medical Center in western Seoul on Saturday.


(2nd LD) Trump vows to 'take care of' N. Korea threat

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump vowed Monday to "take care of" North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile threats as he unveiled the first national security strategy of his administration.

He said his administration has pushed a campaign of "maximum pressure" on North Korea to produce the "toughest ever sanctions" against the regime, but more work remains to be done.


N.K. snubs Tillerson's offer for talks without preconditions

SEOUL -- North Korea on Tuesday rejected U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's latest proposal for dialogue without preconditions, saying that it has no interest in Washington's scheme to make it give up its nuclear program.

Tillerson said last week that the U.S. is ready to begin talks with North Korea "without preconditions" in a possible shift of U.S. policy. But days later, he said that the North should halt its "threatening behavior" before talks can begin, backpedaling on his previous remarks.


(2nd LD) S. Korea calls for China's fair anti-dumping probes

SEOUL -- South Korea called on China on Tuesday to carry out its ongoing anti-dumping investigations into South Korean chemical products in a fair manner.

The commerce ministry said it made the request at a bilateral free trade meeting here, which was attended by senior trade officials from both countries. A bilateral free trade agreement took effect in December 2015.


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 an express train that covers the 277-kilometer distance between the Incheon International Airport and Pyeongchang in less than 2 hours.


Late singer Kim Jong-hyun left painful suicide note: musician

SEOUL -- The late Kim Jong-hyun of K-pop group SHINee has left a painful suicide note revealing the state of his depression during his final days, according to a close musician friend Tuesday.

Kim, better known by his stage name Jonghyun, died in an apparent suicide in southern Seoul on Monday. He was rushed to a hospital in a state of cardiac arrest but was pronounced dead. A few hours before being found unconscious, the singer sent ominous text messages to his sister.


(LEAD) FTC to reinvestigate humidifier sterilizer firms over misleading info

SEJONG -- South Korea's antitrust watchdog said Tuesday that it has decided to reopen its probe into local humidifier sterilizer firms as its task force found some procedural loopholes in the previous investigation regarding their failure to inform consumers of possible health hazards.

In 2016, the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) closed an inspection of two local humidifier sterilizer manufacturers, citing a lack of evidence, amid a ballooning toxic disinfectant scandal that resulted in numerous deaths and illnesses here.


(LEAD) Opposition parties demand clear explanation over Moon aide's recent visit to UAE

SEOUL -- Opposition parties pressed the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday to address mounting speculation over the presidential chief of staff's recent visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Rumors have swirled that Im Jong-seok's trip to the Middle East from Dec. 9-12 was aimed at allaying its concerns about a possible impact of President Moon Jae-in's nuclear phase-out policy on a set of deals for Seoul to export and operate four nuclear reactors in the UAE.