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2018/04/10 13:30

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

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(2nd LD) Trump: N. Korea summit will be in May or early June

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month or in early June to "hopefully" reach a deal on denuclearizing the regime.

Trump made the remarks at a cabinet meeting where he also acknowledged the two sides were in talks to prepare for the meeting.

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(LEAD) Perry: Testing, transfer bans first step toward denuclearization of N.K.

SEOUL -- William Perry, former U.S. defense secretary, said Tuesday a ban on North Korea's nuclear and missile tests and prevention of any transfer of related technologies would be the first step toward achieving the goal of denuclearization.

Citing his decadeslong experience in dealing with North Korea, Perry added that any agreement with North Korea should deal with its security concerns and its desire to normalize its ties with the United States.

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(3rd LD) Creditors to put STX Offshore under court receivership

CHANGWON -- Creditors of STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. said Tuesday they will place the debt-ridden shipbuilder under court receivership as its union failed to accept the company's self-rescue plans.

Creditors led by the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) had said before the deadline that expired at midnight Monday that they can issue refund guarantees (RGs) for new ships and keep the company afloat if STX Offshore and its union agree on a package of self-help programs that includes a 75 percent job reduction.

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(LEAD) N. Korean leader mentions ties with S. Korea, U.S. at party meeting

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has talked about prospects for dialogue with the United States at a key party meeting, state media said Tuesday, in his first official comment on a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The North's ruler made a "profound analysis and appraisal" of inter-Korean ties and potential talks with the U.S. at the meeting of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea's political bureau Monday, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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(LEAD) Head of financial watchdog apologizes again over sponsored overseas trips

SEOUL -- The head of the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), Kim Ki-sik, apologized again Tuesday for his overseas trips sponsored by financial institutions while he was a lawmaker.

Kim, who was appointed to the post earlier this month, has been facing growing criticism for the trips paid by the Korea Exchange, the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy and Woori Bank in 2014 and 2015, when he was a member of the parliamentary financial committee. Kim was a lawmaker of the then-opposition Democratic Party.

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(LEAD) BTS' latest Japanese album tops Oricon's weekly chart

SEOUL -- K-pop group BTS on Tuesday clinched the top spot on the weekly album chart for Oricon, Japan's main music sales tracker, with its latest Japanese release.

"Face Yourself," BTS' third Japanese studio album released last Wednesday, reached the top of the Oricon's album chart for the week of April 2-8, according to Oricon's website.

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S. Korean footballers vow to beat Japan at AFC Women's Asian Cup

SEOUL -- South Korean women footballers have vowed to collect a victory against their archrival Japan when they meet in a crucial match at a continental championship.

South Korea, ranked 16th in the latest FIFA rankings, will take on No. 11 Japan in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup at Amman International Stadium in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday (local time). Both teams are in Group B along with Australia and Vietnam.

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