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2018/04/09 16:59

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

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Panel to review Samsung Electronics' workplace report

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. has asked the government to judge whether its environmental assessment report on semiconductor factories contain trade secrets that need protection from public disclosure, the commerce ministry said Monday.

The South Korean tech giant made yet another attempt to withhold disclosure of its workplace monitoring report, against the wishes of its former workers and their families, claiming health hazards caused by toxic chemicals at its production lines.

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Parties fail to bridge differences over partisan disputes

SEOUL -- Major parties failed Monday to narrow their differences over a constitutional amendment and other disputed motions, triggering the cancellation of a floor session and extending a parliamentary gridlock.

The floor leaders of the ruling Democratic Party, main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP), Bareunmirae Party and Parliamentary Group for Peace and Justice held three separate meetings, including a luncheon, but could not reach a compromise.

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Military puts pressure on LIG Nex1 over spy satellite program

SEOUL -- South Korea's defense authorities do not rule out changing the preferred bidder for the military satellite development project, the national arms agency said Monday.

Early last month, the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) chose LIG Nex1, a local defense firm, as the preferred bidder to develop a prototype.

The ADD is leading the overall development program overseen by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

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(2nd LD) Prosecutors indict ex-President Lee over corruption charges

SEOUL -- Prosecutors indicted former President Lee Myung-bak on Monday on a string of corruption charges, including taking millions of dollars in bribes, making him South Korea's fourth former leader to face trial.

Lee, president from 2008-2013, has been in pretrial detention since his arrest last month on charges of bribery, abuse of power, embezzlement and other irregularities. He's the fourth former president to be arrested and put on trial after former Presidents Chun Doo-hwan, Roh Tae-woo and Park Geun-hye.

The indictment comes days after Park was sentenced to 24 years in prison for corruption Friday.

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Foreign ministers of S. Korea and Japan to meet to discuss bilateral ties, N.K.

SEOUL -- The top diplomats of South Korea and Japan are expected to meet this week to exchange views on the North Korea nuclear problem and other issues of mutual concern, a source said Monday.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will meet with her Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, in Seoul on Wednesday, the source said on condition of anonymity.

For the meeting, Kono will make a two-day trip to South Korea starting Tuesday. It will be his first visit here since taking office as Japan's top diplomat in August last year.

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Korean craftwork to be showcased at Milan fair

SEJONG -- South Korea will showcase its craftwork featuring a unique and modern reinterpretation of traditional Korean beauty during Milan Design Week set to open next week, the government said Monday.

The government-led exhibit "Beopgochangshin of Korean Craft 2018" will be part of the annual fair set to run from April 17 to 22 at Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Italy. The Korean word "beopgochangshin" means creating new things by building on the old.

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S. Korea announces 109-player provisional baseball roster for Asian Games

SEOUL -- South Korea on Monday announced its 109-player provisional baseball roster for the 2018 Asian Games.

National team manager Sun Dong-yol unveiled a list of 52 pitchers, seven catchers, six first basemen, eight second basemen, nine third basemen, eight shortstops and 19 outfielders. There were 105 players from the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) professional league and four college players.

There was no cap on the number of players that could be placed on the provisional team, and only those on this preliminary roster may be named to the final team of 24 players.

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S. Korea mulling ways to develop sustainable inter-Korean ties under sanctions

SEOUL -- Ahead of a summit with North Korea, South Korea is exploring ways to improve inter-Korean relations to a sustainable level and develop them even under international sanctions, Seoul's point man on the North said Monday.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon made the remark as President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prepare to hold a summit on April 27 on the southern side of the border truce village.

The two sides are expected to discuss ways to denuclearize North Korea, bring permanent peace to the Korean Peninsula and improve inter-Korean ties.

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Moon urges swift parliamentary approval of extra budget

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in on Monday urged the rival parties to end their ongoing impasse in the parliament and quickly start reviewing the government request for a supplementary budget aimed at creating jobs for youth and supporting regions facing economic malaise.

"The supplementary budget will be created by using the 2.6 trillion won (US$2.44 billion) in tax surplus from last year and excess government funds," the president said, stressing the extra budget will not require any increase in tax or additional government debt.

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