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2018/02/28 13:02

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

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Moon attends ceremony marking 1960 pro-democracy movement

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday attended a ceremony commemorating a 1960 pro-democracy movement in the southeastern city of Daegu, becoming the first South Korean president to do so in 18 years.

On Feb. 28, 1960, about 1,700 high school students participated in a massive protest rally against the government of Rhee Syng-man, South Korea's first president.

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(2nd LD) U.S. does not want talks with N.K. aimed at buying time: acting ambassador

SEOUL -- The U.S. does not want to have talks with North Korea if it seeks to use them as a means to buy time for further development of its nuclear and missile programs, its acting ambassador in South Korea said Wednesday.

Marc Knapper, charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, said in a meeting with reporters that the North should show its willingness to use any opportunity for dialogue to make progress in its denuclearization.

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(2nd LD) Outgoing U.S. diplomat hopeful about U.S.-N.K. talks

WASHINGTON -- The outgoing top U.S. diplomat for North Korea policy said Tuesday he is hopeful about the prospect of talks resolving the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Joseph Yun, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, is retiring at the end of this week at a time when Washington and Pyongyang have been exploring avenues to hold talks on the nuclear threat.

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S. Korea files protest with China over KADIZ entry by military jet

SEOUL -- The foreign ministry has summoned China's ambassador to South Korea to lodge a complaint after a Chinese military aircraft intruded upon the South Korean air defense identification zone (KADIZ) a day earlier, a foreign ministry official said Wednesday.

On Tuesday morning, the Chinese jet entered the KADIZ and approached 30 nautical miles, or 55.5 kilometers, northwest of Ulleung Island in the East Sea before flying out of the zone. The jet remained within the KADIZ for more than four hours before retreating when the South Korean military sent a warning message.

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GM Korea freezes wages of 500 workers ahead of plant shutdown

SEOUL -- GM Korea Co., the South Korean unit of General Motors Co., froze the base wages for 500 executives and team leaders early this year in a drive to cut costs ahead of a local plant shutdown, the company said Wednesday.

As the 500 workforce does not belong to GM Korea's 13,000-member union, the company didn't need to seek an agreement for its actions. The company also asked them to reduce the use of corporate cards, according to GM Korea.

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Prosecutors looking into fresh bribery suspicion linked to former President Lee

SEOUL -- Prosecutors said Wednesday they are digging into a fresh bribery suspicion connected to former President Lee Myung-bak.

They are investigating allegations that one of Lee's close aides received kickbacks from Daebo Group, a Seoul-based operator of expressway rest stops, in return for helping the company win government contracts, according to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.

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(Yonhap Feature) One month into South Korea's MeToo movement ... who's next?

   SEOUL -- South Korea's cultural circles are in the midst of a reckoning over allegations of sexual misconduct. Misdeeds long kept under the rug are being exposed and the alleged perpetrators -- many of them powerful and famous men -- are facing overdue consequences.

Lee Youn-taek, a prominent playwright and director, made a public apology and resigned from all his positions in the theater world after sexual abuse allegations were brought against him by several women.

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