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2017/12/22 13:00

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

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S. Korea open to talks with N.K. without preconditions: minister

SEOUL -- South Korea is willing to have dialogue with North Korea over issues of concerns to the North without preconditions to improve frayed inter-Korean ties, its pointman on unification said Friday.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon also voiced hope for North Korea's participation in the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics, saying that it will be a "good" occasion for the North if the regime seeks negotiations.

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(LEAD) N.K. can pose 'substantial' nuclear threat to U.S.: leader

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country has become a strategic nation capable of posing a "substantial" nuclear threat to the United States, state media said Friday.

Kim made the remark as North Korea declared last month that it has completed its nuclear armament after firing a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it claims can put the whole U.S. mainland within its range.

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Seoul shares up 0.19 pct in late morning trade

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks traded 0.19 percent higher late Friday morning on gains from large-cap shares.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) advanced 4.55 points to 2,434.38 as of 11:20 a.m.

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Seoul shares up 0.19 pct in late morning trade

SEOUL-- South Korean stocks traded 0.19 percent higher late Friday morning on gains from large-cap shares.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) advanced 4.55 points to 2,434.38 as of 11:20 a.m.

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(Yonhap Feature) Journey to freedom by N. Korean victims of human trafficking

SEOUL-- When Park Chun-mi (an alias) crossed the Yalu River into China one night in August 2009, she thought that she would not be hungry anymore and be able to make money to support herself.

Her dreams, however, were soon shattered.

At 23 years old, she was sold by human traffickers to a poor Chinese farmer in a rural area in Inner Mongolia just days later, an unexpected turn of events that upended her life for the next nine years.

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(LEAD) U.N. to vote on new N.K. sanctions Friday: report

WASHINGTON -- The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote Friday on new sanctions against North Korea, including further restrictions on its imports of oil, according to a news report.

The measures come in response to North Korea's latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Nov. 29, which the communist regime claimed is capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to anywhere in the United States.

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Satellite imagery shows little evidence of long gas lines in N. Korea: U.S. think tank

WASHINGTON -- Satellite imagery shows little evidence that new sanctions caused a shortage of petrol in North Korea, forcing North Koreans to stand in long lines at gas stations, a U.S. think tank said Thursday.

In September U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that long gas lines were forming in North Korea, a remark that came after the U.N. Security Council imposed restrictions on the regime's oil imports over its nuclear test earlier that month.

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