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2018/03/12 13:30

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


Envoys of S. Korean leader head to Japan, China on outcome of N. Korea visit

SEOUL -- Special envoys of South Korean President Moon Jae-in were set to leave for China and Japan on Monday to explain to their leaders the outcome of the special envoys' monumental trip to North Korea.

Chung Eui-yong, Moon's top security advisor, was set to embark on a two-day trip to Beijing where he is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.


Police raided theatrical director Lee's properties in sex assault probe: official

SEOUL -- Police have raided the residence of famed theatrical director Lee Youn-taek as part of a probe into allegations of multiple sexual assaults involving his junior colleagues, officials said Monday.

Officials from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency searched the premises of his residence in central Seoul and the main office of his drama troupe in Miryang, about 380 kilometers south of the capital, on Sunday and confiscated evidence, the agency said. They also raided two other studios run by Lee.


(LEAD) USS Wasp to join landing exercise in Korea next month

SEOUL -- The U.S. military plans to send a key amphibious assault ship, used for a detachment of F-35B vertical landing stealth fighter jets, to a combined exercise with South Korea in April, a defense source here said Monday.

The allies' Marines are scheduled to start the Ssangyong (double dragon) exercise here early next month in connection with the Foal Eagle training. They have yet to announce an exact schedule.


S. Korean FM Kang to meet Tillerson in Washington this week

SEOUL -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington this week to discuss their countries' planned dialogue with North Korea, the foreign ministry here said Monday.

Kang will travel to the United States on Thursday for a three-day stay for the foreign ministerial talks.


S. Korea to decide on joining CPTPP before June

SEOUL -- South Korea will decide whether to join the fledgling Pacific trade pact within the first half of the year after looking into its impact on the national economy and consulting with member states, Seoul's chief economic policymaker said Monday.

A year after U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 11 remaining member states last week signed a revamped deal, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), in Chile.


Trump to meet Kim as long as promises kept: White House

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as long as the regime keeps its promises on denuclearization and nuclear and missile tests, a White House official said Sunday.

The spokesperson for the National Security Council rejected claims the administration set new preconditions for the envisioned summit when it called for "concrete actions" from the North.