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2018/03/07 13:00

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


Moon's security adviser to visit U.S. with 'undisclosed' message from N. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's top security adviser will head to the United States this week, officials from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday, to brief U.S. officials on the outcome of his recent trip to North Korea that he earlier said included an undisclosed message from the communist state.

Chung Eui-yong, the head of the National Security Office, will embark on a two-day trip to Washington on Thursday, the officials said, asking not to be identified.


(6th LD) Trump believes N. Korea is sincere about talks after sanctions

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he believes North Korea is sincere about talking with the United States because of sanctions that were imposed on the regime.

Trump appeared to be taking credit for his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign, which has led to increased economic sanctions on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.


(LEAD) N. Korean delegation to Paralympics arrives in S. Korea

SEOUL/PAJU -- A 24-member North Korean delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics crossed the border into the South on Wednesday, according to pool reporters.

The delegation, including sit-skiers Kim Jong-hyon and Ma Yu-chol, who will compete in Para Nordic skiing events at a wildcard invitation, will join the Paralympics which start Friday. They will return home on March 15.


Prosecution takes over sexual assault case against ex-governor

SEOUL -- The prosecution decided to take over the sexual assault case against former South Chungcheong Province Gov. An Hee-jung, officials said Wednesday.

The Seoul Western District Prosecutors' Office said it decided to investigate the case on its own in consideration of the victim's wish, the case's jurisdiction and the need for a swift probe.


(LEAD) Ruling party leader renews apology for ex-member's sexual assault allegations

SEOUL -- Choo Mi-ae, the leader of the ruling Democratic Party, apologized again Wednesday for sexual abuse allegations involving a former key party member, vowing to stamp out sex crimes and promote gender equality.

Her public apology, the third of its kind, came a day after her party deprived An Hee-jung, former governor of the central South Chungcheong Province, of membership over allegations that he had sexually assaulted a female secretary four times over the past eight months.


Elder brother of ex-president questioned over bribery suspicions

SEOUL -- Prosecutors questioned an elder brother of former President Lee Myung-bak over bribery and other suspicions Wednesday, a week before a face-to-face questioning of the former president over a string of corruption allegations.

The questioning of Lee's brother, Lee Sang-deuk, is part of last-minute efforts by prosecutors to collect as much evidence and statements as possible to build the case for charging the former leader ahead of his planned appearance for questioning on March 14.


(LEAD) Director Kim Ki-duk faces new sexual assault allegations

SEOUL -- Kim Ki-duk, an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, has demanded actresses have sex with him and raped one of them, according to testimonies from victims.

MBC TV's investigative news show "PD's Notepad" on Tuesday exposed more dirt on alleged sexual misconduct involving Kim and actor Cho Jae-hyun, who has frequently appeared in the famed director's films, through interviews with three actresses.


(LEAD) (Yonhap Feature) Will Korean Wave help bring two Koreas closer to reunification?

SEOUL -- It was about ten years ago that Ahn Hyeong-seok -- not his real name -- and his family defected from North Korea in the quest for free and better lives in the South.

Ahn, 17 years old at the time, initially balked at his mother's suggestion to go to the South. He did not want to leave his friends, he feared the pain he and his family would face in the process of defection, and he worried about the uncertain life lying ahead.