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2017/12/26 11:46

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


S. Korea to listen to victims before deciding on controversial comfort women deal

SEOUL -- South Korea's foreign minister said Tuesday that the government will make its final decision on a controversial deal with Japan over its wartime sexual slavery of Korean women after listening to opinions from victims and civic groups.

Kang Kyung-wha said during a press meeting in Seoul that the previous government seemed to have not made sufficient efforts to gather opinions before reaching the so-called comfort women deal in December 2015.


Ex-leader refuses questioning in prison over NIS fund scandal

SEOUL -- Former President Park Geun-hye refused to be questioned in prison by prosecutors on Tuesday over allegations that she received billions of won from the state spy agency during her four-year term that ended short in 2016.

A prosecutor and two investigators from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office visited the Seoul Detention Center earlier in the day to interrogate Park. She appeared in a meeting room where they had been waiting, but refused to answer any questions, according to the prosecution. She returned to her cell after, they said.


N. Korea likely to explore possibility of talks with U.S. in 2018: ministry

SEOUL -- North Korea is likely to explore the possibility of dialogue with the United States in 2018 as the communist state seeks to secure a status as a de facto possessor of nuclear weapons, the Ministry of Unification said Tuesday.

"North Korea may continue to advance its nuclear and missile capabilities while searching for an outlet externally," the ministry said in its predictions for North Korea in 2018. "In searching for the recognition of its status as a de facto nuclear-possessing state, (the North) would explore the possibility of negotiations with the U.S."



'Along With Gods' has monster box office opening, soon to top 5 mln in attendance

SEOUL -- South Korean fantasy action blockbuster "Along With Gods: The Two Worlds" dominated local box offices in its opening weekend, data showed.

The first installment in the "Along With Gods" saga sold 2.7 million tickets from Friday to Sunday, according to the real-time based box office tally released by the Korean Film Council on Monday.


S. Korean diplomat to visit China for follow-up discussion on recent summit

SEOUL -- A senior South Korean diplomat will visit China this week to have a follow-up discussion on the recent summit between the leaders of the two countries, the foreign ministry here said Tuesday.

Yoon Soon-gu, a deputy foreign minister, will leave for Beijing late in the day for a two-day stay during which he is to discuss with his counterpart Kong Xuanyou how to implement what was agreed upon during President Moon Jae-in's Dec. 13-16 trip to the country.


Aerospace firm KAI inks deal to supply Surion helicopters to police

SEOUL -- Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd., South Korea's aircraft maker, said Tuesday it has signed a deal worth 70.5 billion won (US$65 million) with the government to sell three Surion helicopters for use by the police.

Under the deal with the Public Procurement Service, the aircraft maker will provide the police with three choppers, along with other services, such as training and repairs, until February 2020, the company said in a regulatory filing.


(Yonhap Feature) TV dramas face fierce competition in 2018

SEOUL -- Will it be a "game of chicken" or a "win-win" for all? 2018 is expected to be a year of intense competition among television dramas.

Drama is no longer an exclusive property of the country's three major TV networks -- KBS, MBC and SBS. CJ E&M's flagship cable channel tvN jumped into the competition a few years ago, and it became a six-way race with the rise of new cable channels like JTBC and OCN in 2017.