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2018/01/08 13:30

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

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(LEAD) S. Korea seeks to discuss divided families, easing tensions at inter-Korean talks

SEOUL -- South Korea will seek to discuss ways to ease military tensions and reunite divided families during this week's high-level talks with North Korea, Seoul's chief delegate said Monday.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon made the remarks one day before South and North Korea will hold their first formal talks in more than two years to discuss the North's potential participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and ways to improve their ties.

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(LEAD) High-ranking UAE official arrives in S. Korea amid speculation about soured ties

SEOUL -- A high-ranking United Arab Emirates official arrived in Seoul on Monday for a two-day visit that could address opposition allegations that Seoul's presidential chief of staff traveled to the Middle Eastern nation last month to secretly settle a dispute between the two countries.

Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, was one of the UAE officials who attended a meeting between presidential chief of staff Im Jong-seok and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Dec. 10.

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(LEAD) Nuke envoys of S. Korea, Japan meet to discuss N.K. issue, bilateral ties

SEOUL -- The top nuclear envoys of South Korea and Japan met Monday to discuss North Korea's nuclear program and bilateral ties ahead of the upcoming inter-Korean talks on Pyongyang's possible participation in the Winter Olympics in the South.

The meeting was held in Seoul between Lee Do-hoon, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, and his Japanese counterpart, Kenji Kanasugi.

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U.S. wants diplomatic solution to N.K. nuclear crisis: CIA chief

WASHINGTON -- The United States is determined to end North Korea's nuclear weapons program through diplomacy, but it is also prepared to use force if necessary, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency said Sunday.

That policy has been consistent under President Donald Trump, unlike in previous administrations, Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA, said in an interview on Fox News.

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Trump has to keep N.K. leader on his toes: U.S. envoy

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's controversial tweets on North Korea, saying he needs to keep the North's leader "on his toes."

   Last week, Trump boasted that his "nuclear button" is "much bigger and more powerful" than that of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He sent the tweet after Kim warned the United States that a nuclear button sits on his desk at all times.

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Ministry to grant extended stay for foreigners going to PyeongChang Games

SEOUL -- South Korea's Ministry of Justice said Monday it will grant a special extended stay for foreign visitors coming to the country to see the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games next month.

The special permit will allow them to extend their visiting period for up to 30 days, according to the ministry. Those who wish to get the extension can apply for it at the Immigration Office with the submission of required documents, such as entry tickets to the games, it added.

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