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2018/02/07 18:32

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


(3rd LD) N.K. to send leader Kim Jong-un's sister to S. Korea for Olympics

SEOUL -- North Korea has offered to send the younger sister of leader Kim Jong-un as a member of its high-level delegation for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Seoul officials said Wednesday.

The North informed the South that Kim Yo-jong, a key official in the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK)'s central commitee, will be included in the delegation to be led by ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, according to South Korea's unification ministry.


(LEAD) Seoul welcomes planned visit of N. Korean leader's sister

SEOUL -- South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday welcomed the planned visit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, noting it reflects the communist state's willingness to reduce tension on the Korean Peninsula.

"We believe North Korea's delegation contains the North's willingness to celebrate the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and also reduce tension," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a press briefing.


(3rd LD) N.K. cheerleaders travel to S. Korea ahead of Olympics

SEOUL/PAJU -- Hundreds of North Korean female cheerleaders arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for a trip that will mark their first appearance in 13 years at an international sports event hosted by the South.

A total of 229 cheerleaders were among the 280-member delegation that came to the South via a western cross-border land route at 9:31 a.m., according to a pool report.


(2nd LD) Gov't to propose own bill on constitutional revision by next month: official

SEOUL -- The government will have its own proposal for a constitutional revision before the end of next month, the head of a presidential committee said Wednesday, two days after President Moon Jae-in ordered the government to begin preparing its own bill to submit in case the parliament fails to do so in time.

Jung Hae-gu, the head of the presidential committee on policy planning, said the committee will work to submit its proposal to the president in "mid-March."



(Olympics) N. Korean, Iranian athletes denied Samsung smartphone handout

GANGNEUNG -- PyeongChang Olympic organizers won't provide North Korean and Iranian players with Samsung smartphones, which are available free to all other athletes, for fear of violating international sanctions on the countries, officials said Wednesday.

Samsung Electronics has offered some 4,000 units of the Galaxy Note 8 Olympic Edition to all athletes and International Olympic Committee officials visiting PyeongChang.


(Olympics) Hockey player says training with N. Koreans has been problem free

GANGNEUNG -- Randi Heesoo Griffin, a naturalized half-Korean forward for the joint Korean women's hockey team, said Wednesday training with North Koreans for the PyeongChang Olympics has gone well.

Griffin, a former Harvard forward who has been with the national team since 2015, said there has been no disputes with North Koreans inside the team. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has allowed the Koreas to put 35 players on their joint entry -- 23 South Koreans and 12 North Koreans -- though the game roster of 22 remains unchanged. And of those 22, at least three must be North Korean players.


(LEAD) Seoul to take actions, if needed, to calm market worries

SEOUL -- South Korea is prepared to take action to stem market instability recently caused by falling bond prices, which sent the local stock market plunging for the second straight session, the country's top economic policymaker said Wednesday.

"We are closely monitoring market moves," Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon told reporters after an economy-related ministers meeting. "We will take measures, if necessary."